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Arak heavy water reactor will stand: Iran

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A top Iranian nuclear official has underlined that the Islamic Republic has no plans to change the Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran into a light water facility.

On Friday, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said that the Islamic Republic has not accepted to convert its Arak heavy water reactor to a light water facility, stressing that Iran will not relinquish its nuclear rights, Fars news agency reported.

He further stated that Tehran will not shut down any of its nuclear facilities or change their functions at all.

“The Arak heavy water reactor is unalterable and will remain a heavy water reactor,” Kamalvandi said.

On April 19, AEOI Director Ali Akbar Salehi said the dispute between Iran and six major world powers over the Arak heavy water reactor has been virtually resolved. He explained that Tehran had proposed to the six countries to redesign the Arak reactor in order to decrease its amount of plutonium production by one fifth. The proposal had been welcomed by the other parties, Salehi noted.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain – plus Germany have been holding talks to resolve the dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

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