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Iran, China sign agreement to redesign Arak nuclear reactor

Iran, China sign agreement to redesign Arak nuclear reactor

Iran and China have signed the final version of a contract to redesign and modernize the Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran, an important step in line with the implementation of the historic nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, Press TV reported on Sunday.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Chinese firms signed the agreement on redesigning the Arak reactor in Vienna.

 According to the agreement, the Chinese side is to review the new design of the Arak reactor made by the Iranian experts and confirm its compliance with the international safety standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

 Iranian experts completed initial phases of the reactor’s redesigning in March.

 Iran and China held intensive negotiations about the technical details of the project over the past year and reached initial agreements in Beijing some two weeks ago.

 During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Tehran in January, a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and China, which included the modernization of the Arak heavy water reactor and the construction of 100-megawatt power plants.