The State Department on Monday insisted that Iran is meeting its obligations under an interim nuclear agreement, but declined to comment on allegations in a news report that Iran is breaching U.N. sanctions by continuing to procure equipment for a heavy-water plutonium reactor.
Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that it would be “unacceptable” to allow Iran to operate the reactor at Arak under a final agreement still being negotiated. He and others in the administration have also said repeatedly that the Iranians have “frozen” all progress at Arak.
But a Foreign Policy report published Monday said the U.S. had in recent months informed a U.N. Security Council sanctions panel that Iran has stepped up efforts to procure equipment illicitly for the reactor, which the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) calls IR-40.
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