Tehran, Iran, August 23
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
The heavy-water reactor of Arak is a one-hundred-percent defeat for the United States and a one-hundred-percent victory for the Islamic Republic, Iranian nuclear negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was a great blessing for Iran for having addressed the country's most important political issue, he said, Fars news agency reported August 23.
JCPOA is the official name given to Iran's nuclear deal with world powers reached on July 14.
Through the deal, Iran's nuclear program is narrowed to oblige the world powers that the Islamic Republic is not seeking a nuclear bomb.
If the JCPOA is read completely, it can be seen that the document contains the general points of Iran's R&D (research and development program), he said.
He refuted speculations claiming the Arak nuclear facility is not of the heavy-water kind, asserting the opposite.
"While the US had set out for not allowing Iran to have a heavy-water facility, we entered the talks with our own red lines, which was to have the Arak facility as a heavy-water reactor," he said, adding that now that Iran has achieved its objective, the US has met total failure in regards with the Arak facility.
According to the JCPOA, Iran will change the design of Arak heavy water plant to make less plutonium and the International Atomic Energy Agency will have more access to Iran's nuclear facilities.