Moniz: 5+1 to modernize Arak reactor

October 20, 2015

TEHRAN – U.S. Energy Secretary Earnest Moniz has said effort will be made to modernize Iran’s Arak reactor, Tabnak reported Monday.

A statement by Moniz released on the Adoption Day of the Iran nuclear deal read, “Today, as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) comes into effect, Iran will begin taking substantial and verifiable steps to roll back its nuclear program and place it under a stringent verification and monitoring regime.”

“Under the JCPOA, one step that Iran must take is to redesign its Arak Heavy Water Research reactor, including removing its existing calandria and rendering it inoperable. To support this effort, the Department of Energy’s nuclear experts will lead the U.S. effort to work with our P5+1 partners and Iran to modernize the Arak reactor.”

“The JCPOA is based on hard science and unprecedented verification in order to assure the international community that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon and that its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful,” the statement added.