[Ed. – A headline that should actually read something like “Iran CAUGHT violating nuclear ‘deal’ on heavy-water limit again, although the Lord only knows how many times it’s actually happened.” Of course, now that the U.S. is incentivizing Iran to violated the heavy-water cap, by buying Iran’s excess heavy water, there’s no telling how much more heavy water Iran will come up with before 20 January.]
Iran has once again violated the cap on the amount of heavy water, nuclear runoff that can be used to produce weaponizable material, it may possess under the terms of the nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
This is the second time since the implementation of the nuclear deal in January that Iran exceeded the 130 ton threshold on heavy water. The United States already agreed to purchase 32 tons of heavy water from Iran in April in an effort to allow the Tehran to come back into compliance with the agreement.
“On 2 November 2016, the director general [of the International Atomic Energy Agency] expressed concerns related to Iran’s stock of heavy water to the vice president of Iran and president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran,” the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog noted in a confidential report obtained by Reuters.
In response, Iran claimed that it planned to ship the heavy water out of the country in the coming days.