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China and the U.S. may help modernize Arak reactor: Iran's President Rouhani

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - President Hassan Rouhani has said that the Arak heavy water reactor will be modernized by the cooperation of two members of the 5+1 group. Under the July 14 nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it has been agreed that the Arak reactor be redesigned.

Arak heavy-water reactor

In a press conference on August 29 Rouhani announced that China and the U.S. will probably help redesign the Arak plant.

"The ground to move faster on the path of research, development and new knowledge in the field of peaceful nuclear technology has been set within the framework of the JCPOA," Rouhani said in a gathering of knowledge-based companies in health sector in Tehran on Wednesday.

He also said that the Fordow plant will become a center for enrichment and new research in the nuclear sphere.

He added that Iran will inject UF6 gas to IR8 at the day of implementing the nuclear agreement.

Elsewhere, Rouhani said that the country should make planning in accordance with the situation that will be created after removal of sanctions against Iran.

According to the JCPOA, which Tehran negotiated with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, Iran will slow down its nuclear work for 10 to 15 years and instead sanctions against the Islamic Republic will be removed.

Rouhani also said that the sanctions made the Iranians more motivated to make progress.

According to the Tasnim news agency, Rouhani also said Iran had conveyed this message to the U.S. that so long as they talked about military option against Iran for its nuclear program Iran would build nuclear plants "under mountains", an indirect reference to the Natanz nuclear site which is resistant to aerial attack.

Despite the nuclear deal which has won international praise some U.S. officials still use the rhetoric of military option against Iran.

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