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Iran reaches reactor consensus with China, US

By Agencies

Iran reaches reactor consensus with China, US

VIENNA - China, the United States and Iran on Monday reached broad consensus over the modification of Tehran's Arak nuclear reactor, one of the West's main concerns, according to a press release issued by a Chinese nuclear delegation.

Chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority Xu Dazhe met Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, and Ernest Jeffrey Moniz, US secretary of energy on the sidelines of a conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

China, together with other major powers, would engage in the technical work in the modification of the reactor, which the West worries could produce plutonium for a nuclear bomb.

Iran agreed to modify the reactor in the historic deal reached with related world powers in July, which put an end to the decade-long disputes over the country's controversial nuclear program.

Iran vote

In another development, Senate Republicans in US will try a second time on Tuesday to move ahead on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, and the outcome is expected to be the same: Democrats are poised to block the measure and preserve President Barack Obama's foreign policy win.

Last week, Senate Democrats blocked Republican attempts to get a disapproval resolution to Obama's desk and House Republicans settled for passing two related measures that are never expected to get out of Congress.

The international accord backed by the United States, Iran and five world powers would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions that have undercut Tehran's economy.

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