IAEA confirms Iran’s shipment of Heavy Water as part of JCPOA commitments

IAEA confirms Iran’s shipment of Heavy Water as part of JCPOA commitments 

On 06 December 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Iran had shipped 11 tons of heavy water out of the country as part of its JCPOA commitments. This confirmation diffuses a potential conflict between Iran and other JCPOA parties. 

According to a diplomat citing a confidential IAEA report, the transfer brings Iran’s stock of heavy water to below the 130 metric tons threshold which Tehran is allowed under the JCPOA. 

“On 6 December, the agency verified the quantity of 11 metric tons of the nuclear-grade heavy water at its destination outside Iran,” said the diplomat. 

“This transfer of heavy water out of Iran brings Iran’s stock of heavy water to below 130 tons,” he added, noting that Iran had informed the IAEA that the shipment left the country on 19 November 2016.

The agency’s confirmation is also an important confidence builder to reassure the JCPOA parties that everyone is sticking to it’s JCPOA obligations. Further, it might also help President-Elect Trump not to abandon the nuclear deal. In a similar vein, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated that he would not let Donald Trump destroy the JCPOA, warning of unspecified repercussions if Washington reneged on it. 

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