Iran shifts wa­ter

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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

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