Last week, Kamalvandi, who is also the AEOI spokesman, had announced that Iran is holding negotiations with 3 to 4 countries to sell its heavy water
The Islamic Republic should engage in marketing to sell its heavy water
and negotiations have been held with some countries to that end," Zonnour added.
This is Iran's standard response to the quarterly IAEA reports, including the two that said Iran has exceeded the heavy water
Under the nuclear deal, Iran is allowed to use heavy water
in its modified Arak nuclear reactor, but must sell any excess supply of both heavy water
and enriched uranium on the international market.
The heavy water
being purchased from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran will be shipped to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where it would be used for research purposes.
During the process the Arak heavy water
reactor will be reconfigured so it cannot yield fissile plutonium usable in a nuclear bomb.
Macmanus said that Iran is not co-operating in providing the crucial details so that the IAEA is assured of absence of undeclared nuclear materials and activities because the heavy water
reactor can be reprocessed to produce weapon-grade plutonium.
The picture shows a heavy water
ice cube sinking in normal water.
In the late 1980s, a leakage of heavy water
happened at the same plant, which led to its closure for several months.
We have seen the film, Heroes of Telemark, where Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris, playing the part of heroic Norwegian saboteurs, sink a ship carrying heavy water
All three are all light-water reactors, which is significant since all of Canada's nuclear plants, including Point Lepreau, use heavy water
This is countrys first 700 MW pressurized heavy water
reactor (PHWR) plant being developed by NPCIL.