Iran denies foreign media claims on nuclear deal violation

A file photo of the main container at the Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran

An Iranian nuclear official has dismissed foreign media reports about Iran’s violation of an interim nuclear deal with the P5+1, saying the Islamic Republic has not installed any new parts at its Arak heavy water reactor.

Speaking on Tuesday, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that, although he is unaware of any purchase of parts for the Arak facility, even if such a purchase has been made, it does not violate the interim Geneva agreement with the P5+1.

“What has been agreed about these facilities (in the interim deal) is the non-installation of equipment and not their purchase; and Iran has not installed any new components,” Kamalvandi said.

Kamalvandi’s remarks came after a US magazine said on Monday that Washington has evidence that Tehran is trying to buy new equipment for a key nuclear facility; however, the White House is not willing to say anything publicly about it.

It claimed that a US delegation informed a UN Security Council panel of experts monitoring Iranian sanctions in recent months that Iranian procurement agents have been increasing their efforts to illicitly obtain equipment for the IR-40 research reactor at the Arak nuclear complex.

Under a deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 – the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany – the six countries undertook to provide Tehran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities.

Iran has repeatedly said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, including generating electricity and making radioisotopes for its cancer patients.

By Press TV

 

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