[Editors’ Note: This report has been subsequently denied by Iran’s deputy nuclear chief.]
The Independent reports that Iran has removed the core of its Arak heavy water nuclear reactor and filled it with cement, as required under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed last year.
Reconfiguring the reactor so it could not produce the sort of plutonium that could be used for a nuclear bomb was said to be one of the most difficult issues in the negotiations.
Iran said that the heavy-water plant was intended for the production of isotopes for medical treatments, and denied that any of its nuclear activity was intended for the development of weapons.
Separately, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini (pictured), said that EU nuclear-related sanctions on Iran could be lifted soon.
(Source: The Independent)