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08/27/14

Iran Says Modifying Arak Reactor To Ease Western Concerns

Source: RFE/RL

Iranian media say Tehran has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output to allay Western concerns that the Islamic republic could be seeking nuclear weapons capability.


Arak heavy-water reactor

The ISNA news agency on August 27 quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear program, as saying modification of the Arak reactor is "in the process of being carried out" to ease the "worries of certain countries."

Western governments fear that the reactor could potentially provide Iran with weapons-grade plutonium.

Earlier this year, Iran has pledged to modify the reactor to produce one kilogram of plutonium a year instead of eight kilograms as originally planned.


Arak reactor location

Under an interim nuclear deal with world powers, Iran has agreed to scale back its nuclear program in return for a partial lifting of Western sanctions.

Based on reporting by AFP and ISNA


Copyright (c) 2014 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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