Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27
By Emil Ilgar - Trend:
Iran says it doesn't have any obligation to sell its heavy water generated at Arak nuclear facility, IRNA reported on May 27.
Reacting to a bill, passed by the US Congress, which bans purchasing heavy water from Iran, the country's top nuclear negotiator with P5+1 Group (US, UK, France, Russia, China, Germany) Abbas Araqchi said that according to the nuclear agreement (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA), no country is committed to purchase heavy water from Iran.
Araqchi who serves as that deputy foreign minister added that Iran agreed to sell the surplus amount of heavy water in international markets based on JCPOA.
"We can sell that in case a country wants to purchase it," he said.
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.
Before the US announced that it can purchase 32 metric tons of Iran's heavy water, worth $8.6 million, but the U.S. House voted to bar the US government from purchasing heavy water from Iran on May 26.
Araqchi said earlier that Iran was negotiating with Russia to sell 40 metric tons of heavy water. The Russian Foreign Ministry later confirmed Moscow was considering the purchase.