US to Purchase Over 31 Tons of Heavy Water from Iran

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The United Stated is purchasing over 31 tons of heavy water that is used in certain nuclear reactors, from Iran.

The United States’ State Department said that the 8.6 million dollars purchase was planned to aid Iran meet its obligations under nuclear deal that was signed in 2015.

The Officials claimed that the heavy water that can also be used to manufacture the weapons-grade plutonium would be resold for the research purposes.

The step has already attracted the criticism from the United States Republicans.

The speaker of House of Representatives, Paul Ryan said that it’s just “another unprecedented concession to world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism”.

Heavy water will primarily be stored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee before it is resold.

Under nuclear deal, Iran is permitted to use the heavy water in its modified Arak nuclear reactor, however must sell any surplus supply of both enriched uranium and heavy water on international market.

The Energy Department of the United States said in a statement that the US wouldn’t automatically buy the Iranian heavy water in  future, stating that it was Iran’s responsibility to discover a path to meet its commitments.

Meanwhile, John Kerry, the US Secretary of State was due to meet Javad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister to talk over the Iranian apprehensions that sanctions relief promised under the deal hasn’t materialized.

The United States has ruled out giving Iran the access to US financial system or the direct access to dollars.

Iran also remains under other United States sanctions over its suspected ballistic missile activity, support for the violent organizations and the human rights abuses

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