China and Iran agree on ‘commercial’ nuclear deal

Arak heavy water plant

China and Iran will sign a contract in Vienna this Sunday to reconfigure Iran’s reactor in the city of Arak, the Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi disclosed the plan on Tuesday.

“This information is correct,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a briefing. “This agreement will be formally signed on 23 April in Vienna.”

Lu said the commercial contract to re-equip Arak was recently discussed in Beijing.

Tehran vowed not to produce weapons-grade plutonium at its Arak facility and not to build new heavy water reactors for 15 years as part of a mid-2015 deal with international mediators to curb its nuclear program.