Iran will continue construction at Arak nuclear site, contrary to terms of deal

( Contrary to the terms of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, the country will press ahead with construction at its heavy water reactor at Arak, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said. 

The Iran nuclear program's Arak heavy water reactor. Credit: Nanking2012/Wikimedia Commons.

“The capacity at the Arak site is not going to increase. It means no new nuclear fuel will be produced and no new installations will be installed, but construction will continue there,” Zarif told Iranian lawmakers, Reuters reported.

The text of the deal between Iran and the P5+1 powers said the Islamic Republic would not make “any further advances of its activities” on the Arak heavy water reactor. But analysts said a possible loophole in the deal might allow Iran to build components offsite, and then assemble them at the Arak reactor. The International Atomic Energy Agency suspects that the reactor could be used to build a plutonium bomb. 

Posted on November 27, 2013 .