The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the country has transferred 11 tonnes of heavy water to Oman as part of its obligations under last year's nuclear agreement with the P5+1 group of countries.
"Eleven tonnes of heavy water has been sent to Oman and the opposite side has also expressed its readiness to buy it," Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters on Tuesday.
He added that the shipment of heavy water stockpile is expected to be sold to a third country, but he did not mention any name.
In a report earlier this month, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran's stocks of heavy water had slightly exceeded the 130-tonne level set out in the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the six world powers.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany signed the JCPOA in July 2015 and started implementing it in January 2016.
Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.
The deal requires Iran’s storage of uranium enriched to up to 3.67 percent purity to stay below 300 kilograms. Tehran has also agreed to keep its heavy water stockpile below 130 metric tonnes.
“We act on the basis of our commitments under the JCPOA and expect the other side to fulfill its commitments under the JCPOA,” Salehi said.
He expressed hope that nothing would hinder the implementation of the nuclear deal by the involved parties despite certain speculations.
The AEOI spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi, on Friday reiterated Iran’s commitment to its obligations under the nuclear agreement and said, “According to the JCPOA, we were required to offer on the international market any excess over 130 tonnes of heavy water and we have so far sold 70 tonnes."
He added, "Negotiations are under way with interested countries, the Europeans in particular," to sell the rest.
Back in October, Salehi said the Islamic Republic had sold 32 tonnes of heavy water to the United States and delivered 38 tonnes of the nuclear substance to Russia.
Pointing to the increasing demand for heavy water worldwide, the AEIO head noted that Iran has become a major international supplier of the substance.