Iran to sell heavy water with an eye to ‘strategic and commercial issues’
Tehran, Iran, April 23
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Iran is considering strategic and commercial issues in selling its surplus heavy water to other countries, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrooz Kamalvandi said.
"We are going to annually sell our surplus heavy water to markets that are reliable and need the substance and make the best of it," Kamalvandi added, ISNA news agency reported April 23.
Recent reports say Iran is going to sell 32 tons of heavy water to the United States.
The spokesman said Iran's sale of the substance will be conducted within regulated international business procedures.
Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi was the first to mention Iran's intention to sell the heavy water to the US earlier this week. The cargo is said to be delivered to the States in one week.
Before the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers was put into force in January, reports went that Iran had already sold 40 tons of heavy water to the US.
Iran's heavy water was tested in the States last year, with test results putting its purity at 75.99 percent.
Iran produces 20 tons of heavy water per year.