Iran says has no obligation under JCPOA to ship out excess heavy water
PRESSTV (Iran) Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:2PM
Iran says its 2015 nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries does
not oblige it to ship out its excess heavy water.
"Nothing in the [nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of
Action (JCPOA)] requires Iran to ship out the excess heavy water which is
made available to the international market but has not yet found an actual
buyer to which the heavy water needs to be delivered," Iran said in a letter
to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The letter was circulated to the agency’s member states on Thursday and
posted on its website, Reuters reported.
The IAEA is monitoring the implementation of the JCPOA, which was signed
between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security
Council - the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China - plus
Germany on July 14, 2015. The implementation of the deal started on January
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in
exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against
As part of the JCPOA, Iran is expected to keep its heavy water stockpile
below 130 metric tonnes.
The deal says all excess heavy water "will be made available for export to
the international market based on international prices and delivered to the
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said in February that Tehran
was weighing requests from some European states to purchase heavy water from
the Islamic Republic.
“Following the sale of 70 tonnes of heavy water to Russia and the US, some
European countries have asked for [the purchase of Iran’s] heavy water and
we are considering their requests,” Ali Asghar Zare'an, special assistant to
the AEOI head, Ali Akbar Salehi, said on February 18.