Iran says Arak reactor not yet decommissioned, contradicting prior report

January 12, 2016 13:13

DUBAI - Iran has not yet decommissioned the Arak heavy water reactor, one of its obligations under the nuclear deal with world powers to win a reprieve from sanctions, but expects to do so in the coming days, its nuclear body was quoted as saying.

The comments carried by state news agency IRNA on Monday evening contradicted an earlier report by the Fars news agency, which cited an "informed source" as saying Iran had removed the core of the Arak reactor and filled it with cement.

"Some preliminary steps have been taken, but removing the core of the Arak reactor has not been completed," IRNA quoted an unnamed senior official at the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran as saying.

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