Obama 'Admin': 'Iranian President’s Order on N. Propulsion Devices No Breach of JCPOA'. (IFP).
“Such an announcement does not run counter to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action),” a senior Obama administration official said on condition of anonymity, in reference to the nuclear deal, Reuters reported.
In separate directives issued to the Foreign Ministry and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on Tuesday, President Rouhani demanded that they draw appropriate plans to design and manufacture nuclear propulsion devices as well as the fuel required for them.
He instructed Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the AEOI, to report back to him on the issue within a maximum period of three months.
The president said the measures were warranted in light of the United States’ foot-dragging in fulfilling its commitments under the multilateral nuclear deal and the recent ratification of an anti-Iran legislation in the US Congress known as the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA).
U.S. naval reactors are all pressurized water reactors, which are identical to PWR commercial reactors producing electricity, except that:
- they have a high power density in a small volume and run either on low-enriched uranium (as do some French and Chinese submarines) or on highly enriched uranium (20% U-235, current U.S. submarines use fuel enriched to at least 93%, compared to between 21–45% in current Russian models, although Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker reactors are enriched up to 90%),