US Expects Delivery of Iran Heavy Water in Weeks

US Expects Delivery of Iran Heavy Water in WeeksUS Expects Delivery of Iran Heavy Water in Weeks

Heavy water supplies purchased from Iran under a recent controversial agreement are expected to be delivered in weeks, said the spokesperson for the US State Department.

Iran finalized a deal with US companies to sell 32 tons of its heavy water in April.

Among temporary curbs Tehran accepted on its nuclear program under last July’s agreement with major powers was cutting its reserves of heavy water below 130 tons by selling, diluting or disposing of the excess amounts, under certain conditions.

US lawmakers have made multiple failed attempts to kill the heavy water deal.

“So as you know, on the 22nd of April, the Energy Department’s isotope program signed a contract to purchase 32 metric tons of heavy water from Iran. We expect the heavy water to arrive in the United States in the coming weeks. I just don’t have additional details with me right now,” John Kirby said in a daily press conference on Wednesday, according to the website of the US Department of State.

The spokesperson for Iran’s atomic energy organization has said that Tehran is working to secure additional assurances from the United States about its commitment to the agreement.

“We have demanded certain assurances from the Americans regarding the sale of our heavy water that, fortunately, are being met,” ISNA quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying on Saturday.  

“We have heard that some countries have reservations about buying Iran’s heavy water,” he said, expressing hope that the US commitment to the purchase deal would help boost such countries’ confidence.