US buys Iranian heavy water as part of nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is buying 32 metric tons of Iranian heavy water, a key component for one kind of nuclear reactor, under the terms of last year’s landmark nuclear deal.

The State Department said a sales agreement would be signed on Friday at a meeting in Vienna of officials from the six countries that negotiated the deal. Terms of the sale, under which the Energy Department will buy the Iranian heavy water from a subsidiary of the U.N. atomic watchdog, were not disclosed. Heavy water is not radioactive but has research and medical applications and can also be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium.

The department said the heavy water will be stored at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and then resold on the commercial market for research purposes.

comments powered by Disqus