BEIJING, April 21 (NNN-XINHUA) -- China and Iran will sign the first commercial contract to redesign the heavy water reactor for Iran's Arak nuclear power plant in a ceremony to be held in Vienna on Sunday, says Foreign Ministry Spokesman Lu Kang.
China and Iran have reached initial agreement on the commercial contract, Lu told a daily media briefing.
Redesigning the Arak heavy water reactor is a core aspect of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear programme. The JCPOA was reached in Vienna in July 2015 between Iran and the P5 1 group -- the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, namely Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany.
The P5 1 countries have created a working group led by China and the US to work with Iran to redesign the reactor, said Lu.
The signing of the contract will create favourable conditions for the progress of the redesign. "China will do the follow-up work with all parties involved in accordance with the comprehensive nuclear deal and the consensus reached by all parties," Lu said.
The 7th Joint Commission between Iran and the P5 1 will convene in Vienna next Tuesday. Lu said the contract between China and Iran will inject positive impetus to the meeting.
"China hopes all parties will maintain their political will and properly handle differences to implement the agreement and contribute to the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and the peace and stability of the Middle East," Lu added.