11/27/13, "Iran: will continue construction at our nuclear site, says Foreign Minister," Reuters
"Iran will press on with construction at a nuclear reactor
site at Arak, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said on
Wednesday, despite an agreement with Western powers to halt activity.
uncompleted heavy-water research reactor emerged as one of several
crucial issues in negotiations in Geneva last week, when Iran agreed
with six world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear programme for six months
in return for limited sanctions relief.
Iran said it would not make "any further advances of its activities" on the Arak reactor, according to text of the agreement.
capacity at the Arak site is not going to increase. It means no new
nuclear fuel will be produced and no new installations will be
installed, but construction will continue there," Zarif told parliament
in translated comments broadcast on Iran's Press TV.
have said an apparent gap in the text could allow Tehran to build
components off-site to install later in the nuclear reactor. It was not
immediately clear if Zarif was referring to this or other construction
Tehran has said it could open the reactor as soon as
next year. It says its purpose is only to make medical isotopes, but
Western countries say it could also produce plutonium, one of two
materials, along with enriched uranium, that can be used to make the
fissile core of a nuclear bomb."