US will allow Iran’s civilian nuclear projects in Arak, Bushehr & Fordow to continue

The US will allow civilian nuclear projects at three sites in Iran – Arak, Bushehr and Fordow – to continue “under strict scrutiny,” the State Department said.

This means that Iran’s civilian nuclear program was effectively given a waiver from the US sanctions, imposed on Monday as part of Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal.

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Iranian women walk past an anti-US mural in Tehran © AFP / Atta Kenare

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the waiver during the press briefing earlier in the day, but the exact locations were clarified later by the State Department.

“What we have authorized is very narrow, very limited, very time-limited as well, but important nonetheless that these non-proliferation projects are not things that are taking place without some ability to see what’s going on,” Pompeo said.

“It’s a pretty complicated area, the non-proliferation issue. There are three. Bushehr is one of the three,” he added.

The nuclear power plant at Bushehr was set up with the help of Russia, which is supplying it with nuclear fuel.

Each of the waivers we are granting is conditional on the cooperation of the various stakeholders,” said the State Department fact sheet distributed to the media on Monday.

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