Iran urges enhanced nuclear cooperation with China
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says the country is resolute on boosting nuclear cooperation with China following the implementation of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers.
Salehi made the remarks in a Saturday meeting with Director of China’s Atomic Energy Authority Xu Dazhe, who accompanied Chinese President Xi Jinping in a visit to Tehran after Iran and the P5+1 group of countries started to implement the nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015.
On January 16, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China – plus Germany started to implement JCPOA.
After JCPOA went into effect, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the UN Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran, in return, has put some limitations on its nuclear activities.
Salehi hailed the visit by the Chinese delegation to Tehran and said, “Since we have entered a new phase, we call for the expansion of mutual relations in different fields, particularly in the nuclear sector.”
The AEOI head added that a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and China on Saturday included the modernization of the Arak heavy water reactor and the construction of 100-megawat power plants.
The Chinese official, for his part, said nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Beijing will not be confined to the modernization of Arak heavy water nuclear reactor, but will include economic and research areas in the nuclear industry.
Xu added that the construction of nuclear power plants in Iran will be beneficial to both Tehran and Beijing.