U.S. asset seizure makes Iran cautious in heavy water deal

May 10, 2016

TEHRAN – The Iranian nuclear chief has said Tehran will proceed with caution in the heavy water deal with Washington, citing the ruling by U.S. High Court that almost $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut allegedly blamed on Iran.

Ali Akbar Salehi, director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), made the remarks on Tuesday on the sidelines of an annual clinical seminar of Iranian surgeons, IRNA reported.

“The process is in progress, the heavy water was to be shipped, but after the $2 billion issue, we exercised care. We are in talks to fully make sure of the payment method,” Salehi said. 

In April, the U.S. announced it purchases from Iran 32 metric tons of heavy water worth nearly $8.6 million.

The deal was under the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which compels Tehran to ship its supply of heavy water to international markets, including the U.S.

Tehran has also announced it is mulling over selling heavy water to Russia.

The news is a clear reference to the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled that almost $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets must be turned over to American families of people killed in the 1983 bombing of a U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut and other attacks allegedly blamed on Iran.

AK/PA

 

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