US not obliged to buy Iran heavy water under N-deal

TEHRAN, May 27 (MNA) – Abbas Araghchi dismissed as unimportant the US house bill on banning American govt. from purchasing heavy water from Iran, saying the nuclear deal does not bind US or any other country to buying Iranian heavy water.

Seyed Abbas Araghchi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, who also heads Iranian Foreign Ministry’s committee following up on the implementation of JCPOA, made the remarks Thursday night in response to a recent voting by the US House of Representatives for the bill which bars US tax dollars from being used to buy Iranian heavy water.

“We will continue the production of heavy water,” Araghchi said. “We take whatever amount we need and sell the surplus to the international markets.”

The Wednesday move by the US House follows reports by US media that the Obama administration was moving to finalize a deal worth $8.6 million to buy heavy water from Iran.

“Today, we are holding negotiations for the selling of 40 metric tons of heavy water,” Araghchi added.

While referring to the 'Iranophobia plots' devised by the Americans in the post-JCPOA era, Araghchi noted, “the conflict between Iran and the US will not stop, but we will now allow them to explicitly violate the nuclear deal.”

 

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