Iran shifts water
Iran has said that it has transferred 11 tonnes of heavy water, which can be used in the production of nuclear arms, to Oman. The head of Iran’s nuclear programme, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted by official media yesterday as saying that the heavy water, which is used to cool reactors that produce plutonium, was transferred to the country. Oman often serves as a mediator between Iran and the West. A recent report from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran exceeded its heavy water limit by 100kg over the 130 metric tons allowed under last year’s nuclear agreement, a small but significant violation. Iran is keen to cast its nuclear programme as a commercial venture and has said it is interested in selling heavy water.
FACTORY: A heavy water plant in Iran