News ID: 254996
Published: 0223 GMT June 29, 2019

Russia: JCPOA sides to help Iran export heavy water

Russia: JCPOA sides to help Iran export heavy water
Image showing Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak, 240 kilometers southwest of Tehran on January 15, 2011. (Photo by AP)

Russia said the signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran are seeking to introduce measures that will enable Tehran to resume exports of low-enriched uranium and heavy water despite US sanctions.

"In the context of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the JCPOA’s nuclear aspects, experts from the member nations have been tasked to elaborate practical measures to make it possible for Iran to export low-enriched uranium and heavy water in bypassing the US sanctions," the Russia Foreign Ministry said, Press TV reported.

The statement added that the remaining signatories to the nuclear agreement – Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China – had stressed the need to support Iran's nuclear activities as part of upholding the JCPOA, specifically in matters related to the production and export of Iran's low-enriched uranium and heavy water.

The statement came after the remaining signatories to the nuclear agreement met in the Austrian capital on Friday at a JCPOA Joint Commission meeting in a last-ditch effort to save the nuclear agreement.

Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran was committed to export its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium exceeding 300 kilograms and heavy water exceeding 130 tons in order to stay within limits agreed to under the JCPOA.

However, almost a year after President Donald Trump abandoned the JCPOA, the US sanctioned Iran's low-enriched uranium and heavy water exports.

Iran responded shortly after by suspending its commitments to agreed heavy water and enriched uranium limits, urging remaining signatories to take practical steps to protect the deal, including Iran's right to export the nuclear-related material.

Iran has further vowed to begin suspending more of its commitments in early July, when a deadline set by Tehran for the other signatories to fulfill their side of the JCPOA, notably through the operation of non-dollar payment system known as INSTEX.

 

   
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