Differences on Arak IR-40 'Virtually Resolved' - Iran
Plutonium Output to Be Reduced by 80%
On 13 May, senior negotiators from both sides will meet in Vienna in a new round of talks to define the details of a final comprehensive agreement, paving the way to draft the text. JPOA, the interim agreement in place now, will expire on 20 July.
Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Salehi, the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said on Saturday that differences over Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor have been “virtually resolved.”
“Iran has made a proposal to the P5+1 to make certain changes in Arak and they have accepted. This question is virtually resolved,” Salehi said. (Al Alam/AFP, 19 April)
UPDATE: Fars News Agency, quoting Salehi, said Iran’s proposal on IR-40 reactor includes changes in design that would reduce its by-product plutonium production by 80 percent.