Russia Confirms Purchase of 38 Tons of Iran’s Heavy Water
- September, 26, 2016 - 18:09
- Nuclear news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The general director of Russia’s State Corporation on Atomic Energy, Rosatom, confirmed on Monday that 38 metric tons of heavy water have been delivered to Russia as part of a sale agreement between the two countries.
“I can inform the respected colleagues that 38 tons of Iran’s heavy water have been delivered in two flights on September 13 and 20,” Sergey Kirienko said at a plenary session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday, Sputnik reported.
Back in April, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced in a statement that Moscow was considering to buy heavy water from Iran and that the volume of the planned purchase of heavy water from Iran would be 40 metric tons.
Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany), Iran is allowed to use heavy water in its modified Arak nuclear reactor, but should sell any excess supply of both heavy water and enriched uranium on the international market.
The JCPOA also authorizes Iran to purchase natural uranium or “yellow cake” in return.