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TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) chief Ali Akbar Salehi told deputies on Sunday (July 28) that the IAEA plan to resume work on the heavy-water reactor at Arak, Iran's state news agency ISNA reported. The agency attributed its report to a deputy in parliament who attended the meeting, without naming it.

Heavy water can be used in reactors to produce plutonium, a fuel used in the manufacture of nuclear warheads.

In May, Iran retracted some of its commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as a result of what it called a "breach" of the terms of the agreement following the withdrawal of the United States in 2018 and the re-imposition of economic sanctions on Tehran.

Iran has vowed in recent weeks to increase levels of uranium enrichment and restart the heavy water reactor at Arak after July 7 if member states do not provide protection for trade with Iran as agreed.

Although European signatories to the agreement seek to preserve it, tensions between Washington and Tehran prevent this.

Meanwhile, the joint committee meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan, the official name of the nuclear deal with Iran, is to be held in Vienna on Sunday. The European Union has announced that senior representatives from its member states will attend this meeting, while Iran will represent Assistant Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghji. Officials are expected to agree on a date for a later meeting at the level of foreign ministers.

WB / HZ (Reuters)

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