UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Russian Foreign Ministry on Sunday renewed its call on Iran to refrain from taking escalating steps on the nuclear deal, including heavy water production.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a press statement ahead of the meeting on the nuclear deal in Vienna.
“The Iranian colleagues have not abandoned the previously stated intention to exceed the permitted volume of heavy water,” Ryabkov said. “Their position appears to be still valid,” Sputnik said.
He added: “While we continue to urge the Iranians to refrain from the steps of escalation, we understand at the same time the reasons that prompted Tehran to work on the basis of” less and less, “in reference to the consequences of Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear agreement signed in 2015.
“Of course, reducing the size of meeting the obligations of the nuclear agreement provokes those forces that want to destroy the agreement in full, first and foremost in Washington, so the Iranians should take responsibility, like any other joint.”
Iran’s atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi said earlier on Sunday that Tehran would resume its activities at the heavy-water Arak nuclear reactor.
Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that “Tehran will raise the levels of uranium enrichment, and will begin to revive the reactor Arak if the countries in the nuclear agreement did not protect trade with Iran.”
Heavy water can be used in reactors to produce plutonium, which is used in nuclear warheads.
Since the United States came out on May 8, 2018, of the Iranian nuclear deal signed in 2015, it continues to impose sanctions on Tehran aimed at its oil exports.
At a later stage, it began applying similar sanctions to countries and companies that continue to trade with Iran in an effort by the US administration to stop this trade.
The parties to the nuclear deal with Iran met Sunday in the Austrian capital Vienna to discuss how to salvage the deal after the US withdrawal.
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