IAEA’s Chief Says Iran to Ship Out 20 Tons of Excess Heavy Water Soon
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano said Iran will ship out 20 tons of excess heavy water in the near future.
Our information indicates that Iran will ship 20 tons of its heavy water overseas in the near future, but we are not allowed to say where it goes, Amano told reporters on Monday, according to the official website of the IAEA.
On June 6, Iran told the UN nuclear watchdog that it would ship 20 tons of heavy water abroad to avoid breaching a limit on its stock of that substance under the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), between Tehran and six world powers.
Heavy water is used in some nuclear reactors, but is not radioactive.
Under the JCPOA, which came into force in January, 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.