Media:Iran dismantles Arak reactor core

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Added On January 12, 2016

An  Iranian source says Tehran has removed the core of its Arak heavy water nuclear reactor and filled it with cement as required under a nuclear deal signed with world powers last year.
 
The Iranian government hopes the move can lead to the lift of sanctions that has been imposed upon them for decades.
 
Wolrd News has the details.
 
A Reuters report on Monday cited an informed Iranian source as saying that Iran has removed the core of its Arak heavy water nuclear reactor and filled it with cement.
 
Any such move of reducing the plant's ability to produce plutonium might signal implementation of a nuclear deal reached in July between Iran and six world powers, namely China, the United States, France, Britain, Russia and Germany.
 
Under the deal, Iran accepted that the Arak reactor would be reconfigured so it could not yield fissile plutonium usable in a nuclear bomb.
 
Also on Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech that he was hopeful that the sanctions against Iran would be lifted in the next few days.
 
His words echoed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who said last week that the implementation of the deal were days away.
 
Signs that Iran might emerge from sanctions and returning to the oil export market is an important factor, said by oil traders, that led to the deep slide oil prices.
 
Tehran said last year that it hopes to boost exports by some 500,000 barrels per day as soon as sanctions ease,  a move dealers fear will add to a global surplus that has cut prices to 12-year lows near $30 a barrel.