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Iran Delivers 38 Tonnes of Heavy Water to Russia in September

Sputnik News

12:41 26.09.2016(updated 13:24 26.09.2016)

Tehran has delivered 38 metric tonnes of heavy water to Russia this month.

VIENNA (Sputnik) – Iran has delivered 38 metric tonnes of heavy water, a material used in nuclear reactors, to Russia this month, Russia's Rosatom nuclear agency CEO Sergei Kirienko said Monday.

"I can inform the respected colleagues that 38 tonnes of Iran's heavy water have been delivered in two flights on September 13 and 20," Kirienko said at the the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plenary session.

In July, Alexei Karpov, Russia's deputy permanent envoy to international organizations in Vienna said that Moscow was ready to purchase heavy water from Iran to help Tehran meet commitments under comprehensive nuclear agreements with world powers reached in July 2015.

According to the deal, Iran must store no more than 130 tonnes of heavy water during the first year after signing the agreement.

On June 1, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced plans to sell 92 tonnes of Iranian heavy water to the United States, Russia and several European countries.

Russia intends to support the reelection of Yukiya Amano as the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kirienko said.

"We provide constant support to IAEA Director General Mr Amano, who overall manages to maintain a balanced professional approach in a difficult situation… We plan to support his election for a third term."


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