Secret document reveals US to give Iran nuclear reactors

Confidential document says US and nuclear negotiators willing to give Iran advanced nuclear reactors if it agrees deal

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United States and five nuclear powers are ready to offer Iran advanced reactors and equipment If Iran accepts a deal aimed to limit its nuclear weapons development, a confidential document revealed on Wednesday.

The document, which AP reported, says the nuclear negotiators promised Iran light-water nuclear reactors instead of the heavy-water facility, which is under construction in the city of Arak, Iran.

Iran and the group of P5+1 countries, — United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany — are having talks over Iran’s nuclear programme, which the West claims is manufacturing nuclear weapons. Tehran has long rejected the allegation, saying its programme has purely civilian aims.

The draft, dated June 19 and entitled "Civil Nuclear Cooperation," promises Iran “arrangements for the assured supply and removal of nuclear fuel for each reactor provided,” and offers help in the “construction and effective operation” of the reactors.

The revelation comes as Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out on Tuesday freezing the nuclear programme for a long period of time as part of a deal.

"Freezing Iran's Research and Development for 10 or 12 years is not acceptable," Khamenei said in a live speech broadcasted on Iran’s state TV.

Khamenei urged the Western countries to lift financial-economic sanctions as soon as possible if a final deal is to be sealed by June 30 deadline, but rejected to suspend the nuclear programme for a long period of time which was decided on the preliminary framework agreement.

His office posted on Wednesday a graphic on Twitter, listing Iran’s stated demands that “all sanctions must be lifted” and “no military sites will be open to inspections.”

The preliminary deal reached in Switzerland between the parties specifies that Iran will decrease two-thirds of its uranium enrichment centrifuges and limits the level of enrichment to 3.67 percent, which would prevent Iran from making a nuclear bomb. Many of the restrictions will expire in 15 years.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Tuesday Iran would need to exhibit more flexibility in order to facilitate a nuclear deal, suggesting the negotiations might go on beyond the self-imposed June 30 deadline.

"There will need to be some more flexibility shown by our Iranian partners if we are going to reach a deal, but, look, this is a negotiation, we always expected it would go right to the line and maybe beyond the line," Hammond said.

TRTWorld and agencies