Russia Hails Successful Implementation of JCPOA

Russia Hails Successful Implementation of JCPOA Russia Hails Successful Implementation of JCPOA

Russia's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency said a recent report by the UN nuclear agency on Iran's compliance with its nuclear deal with major powers shows that Tehran is "successfully" advancing on the implementation of the agreement.

In its latest quarterly assessment on Friday since the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the official title of the accord) in January, the IAEA said Iran "has not pursued the construction of the existing Arak heavy water research reactor" and has "not enriched uranium" above low levels.

Vladimir Voronkov also said on Monday the new IAEA report is a sign of the efficiency of the document agreed last year, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The paper proves that Iran is "successfully advancing" on its implementation of the nuclear deal, he added.

Voronkov also said Russia is mulling the purchase of Iran's heavy water.

"To date, the Americans have bought a significant amount of it [heavy water]. Moreover, Rosatom [Russia's state atomic energy corporation] is thinking and is likely to follow this path," he said.

Washington plans to buy 32 tons of heavy water from Iran worth $8.6 million.

Heavy water is used in some nuclear reactors, but is not radioactive.

Under the JCPOA between Tehran and P5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, and France, plus Germany), Iran is allowed to use heavy water in its modified Arak nuclear reactor, but should sell any excess supply of both heavy water and enriched uranium in the international market.