Iran in talks with Rus­sia on heavy wa­ter sales

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

MOSCOW/DUBAI—Iran is hold­ing talks with Rus­sia to sell it about 40 tonnes of heavy wa­ter from its nu­clear pro­gram, Iran’s deputy for­eign min­is­ter was quoted as say­ing by the Fars news agency.

Un­der last year’s landmark nu­clear deal be­tween Iran and world pow­ers, Tehran is re­spon­si­ble for re­duc­ing its stock of heavy wa­ter which is a com­po­nent of mak­ing nu­clear weapons and pro­duc­ing nu­clear en­ergy.

It is not ra­dioac­tive and the nu­clear deal gives Iran the right to sell, di­lute or dis­pose of it un­der cer­tain con­di­tions.

Abbas Araqchi, who is also a top nu­clear ne­go­tia­tor, was quoted by the Fars agency as say­ing late on Sun­day that the United States had been the first buyer of Ira­nian heavy wa­ter and some other world pow­ers, in­clud­ing Rus­sia, were now show­ing an in­ter­est. “We are ne­go­ti­at­ing with Rus­sia to sell 40 tonnes of heavy wa­ter,” he said. The Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry later con­firmed Moscow was con­sid­er­ing the pur­chase.

In Jan­uary Iran re­moved the core of its Arak heavy wa­ter nu­clear re­ac­tor and filled it with ce­ment as re­quired un­der a nu­clear deal. The United States, Rus­sia and China have agreed to par­tic­i­pate in the re­design and the con­struc­tion of a mod­ern­ized re­ac­tor.—Agen­cies

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