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Iranian official signals progress on Arak reactor in nuclear talks
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c_330_235_16777215_0_http___172.19.100.100_images_stories_famous_02_am32.jpgTEHRAN – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht-Ravanchi signaled potential progress in the country’s nuclear talks with the six major powers on one of the thorniest issues—the future of the country’s heavy water reactor in Arak.
 
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal before a fresh round of nuclear talks that started on Tuesday in Vienna, Takht-Ravanchi said Iran would address “legitimate concerns” about Arak, which the West says can produce enough plutonium for a nuclear weapon.  
 
“So we know each other’s positions on Arak very well… Our position is that we are ready to address legitimate concerns about the possible proliferation that might arise with regard to Arak,” he said.
 
“We have not reached a conclusion on Arak but at least we know very well where they are and where we are and how the positions of the two sides can merge.”
 
Iran pledged in November’s interim accord to stop major work on the reactor, whose spent fuel would contain plutonium. The International Atomic Energy Agency, which oversees the accord, has said Tehran is complying.
 
Iran says the reactor is intended to produce isotopes used in medical treatments. 
 
AM/PA
 

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Last Updated on 08 April 2014 18:22