Arak Reactor Document Signed by All JCPOA Parties: Iran’s Salehi

Arak Reactor Document Signed by All JCPOA Parties: Iran’s Salehi

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Thursday that the document on redesigning Iran’s Arak heavy water rector has been signed by all parties to the July 14 nuclear agreement, and the grounds are now set for implementation of the accord.

“We were informed today that all foreign ministers of the six countries in the (nuclear) negotiations as well as the European Union Foreign Policy Chief have signed the document on redesigning and modernizing the Arak heavy water reactor,” Salehi said, adding that the document has been officially adopted.

As per the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA – the text of the nuclear deal), the other side was supposed to guarantee its cooperation on the reconfiguration of Arak reactor, Salehi noted, adding that the guarantee has now been given.

Since the document has been signed by six countries as well as the EU representative, it has high political, legal, and international credit, the Iranian nuclear chief stated.

He further noted that the sextet have declared in this document that they will cooperate with Iran in redesigning the reactor and providing the required equipment, as well as in different phases of the project.

“We have simultaneously started our negotiations with China at the trade level, and we hope that all the required grounds will be provided for the full implementation of the JCPOA by December 15,” he added.

According to the text of the JCPOA recently finalized by Tehran and world powers, Iran’s Arak heavy water reactor is to be reconfigured.

Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany - also known as P5+1 or E3+3) on July 14 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran’s nuclear energy program.

The nuclear deal would terminate all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran after coming into force.

October 18 was the so-called “adoption day” for the deal, which came 90 days after the two sides concluded their intensive negotiations in the Austrian capital.

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