Final Document on Arak Reactor Expected Today

Final Document on Arak Reactor Expected Today
Final Document on Arak Reactor Expected Today

The official document between Iran and international parties to the recent nuclear deal on the redesign of the Arak heavy water reactor is expected to be finalized today, said the head of the Foreign Ministry's office for implementation of the pact.

Iran and P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) struck an agreement on July 14, which will provide for sanctions relief in exchange for temporary curbs on Tehran's nuclear work.

Among the restrictions Iran accepted on its nuclear program are the reconfiguration of the Arak reactor and the dismantling of about two-thirds of centrifuges at Natanz and Fordo nuclear facilities.

"The official document on redesigning the Arak [reactor] will be finalized when it is signed by foreign ministers of all parties by late Monday," Abbas Araqchi was quoted by IRNA as saying on Saturday in Vienna.

Araqchi, along with another deputy foreign minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi, met EU political director, Helga Schmid, to review progress toward the implementation of the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

***Zarif-Kerry Meeting

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also held talks with his US counterpart John Kerry in the Austrian capital on Sunday.

"In the meeting, we talked about how to remove sanctions and about the US commitment to JCPOA," Zarif said.

The sanctions relief hinges on Iran completing its measures under the action plan, including those regarding the centrifuges.

In another development, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, reconfirmed to state TV on Tuesday that in compliance with the accord, Iran is removing centrifuges at its nuclear sites.

The full enforcement of the JCPOA is subject to the closure of Tehran's nuclear past file, which is under investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Yukiya Amano, the agency's director general, is expected to submit a final assessment report on the issue by Dec. 15.

"I believe Amano's report on Iran will be positive," Salehi said.