British experts in Iran to upgrade Arak reactor

British experts in Iran to upgrade Arak reactor

A team of British experts arrived in Iran today to begin work to upgrade the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor, Iranian ambassador to London Hamid Baeidinejad said.

"A team of British nuclear experts led by UK Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Robin Grimes arrived in Tehran today to take forward the next stages of the modernisation of the Arak reactor, alongside a team of Chinese experts," the AFP cited the British embassy as saying.

"The experts will hold talks with the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran on international technical assistance to the reactor construction," the statement reads

Iran removed the core of the Arak facility and filled part of it with cement as part of a 2015 deal that gave the country relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

Located southwest of Tehran, the reactor is to be modernised with the help of foreign experts under the deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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