U.N. sees small but sig­nif­i­cant Ira­nian nuke deal vi­o­la­tion

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VI­ENNA — The United Na­tions agency mon­i­tor­ing the nu­clear pact be­tween Iran and six world pow­ers said Wed­nes­day that Iran is in vi­o­la­tion of the deal meant to curb its abil­ity to make atomic arms by stor­ing marginally more heavy wa­ter than the agree­ment al­lows.

Heavy wa­ter is a con­cern be­cause it is used to cool re­ac­tors that can pro­duce sub­stan­tial amounts of plu­to­nium. That, in turn, can be ap­plied to mak­ing the fis­sile core of nu­clear war­heads.

The U.N.’s In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency said in a con­fi­den­tial re­port ob­tained by The Associated Press that Iran had ex­ceeded the heavy wa­ter al­lot­ment of 143.3 tons only slightly — by 220 pounds. The re­port also noted that Iran had served no­tice it would re­solve the is­sue by ex­port­ing 5 met­ric tons, sub­stan­tially over the ex­cess amount.

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