Iran-40 heavy water reactor to run in full force
Tehran, Iran, September 20
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
Mojtaba Zonnuri, member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said that the Iran-40 (Arak heavy water facility) will continue to run in full force.
“The Arak heavy water production factory goes on to work nonstop as it did before the JCPOA,” he said after visiting the facility along with some other members of the commission, Fars news agency reported September 20.
Iran’s commitments about the reactor under the JCPOA have also been fully implemented, the lawmaker noted.
He went on to say that Iranian, Chinese, and US officials are holding their regular talks over redesigning the reactor.
The reactor core which was filled with concrete has been removed and room has been made for the new reactor to be installed and start operating, he stated.
Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to redesign the IR-40 reactor, with assistance from the P5+1, to minimize its plutonium production and avoid production of weapons-grade plutonium.
Iran also agreed to remove the reactor core or calandria and fill it with concrete to render it unusable, and to export all spent fuel within one year of its removal from the reactor.