Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Iran says to sign protocol on return of nuclear fuel to Russia

IRNA

Tehran, Oct 22, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Tehran and Moscow will soon 
sign a protocol to an agreement on Iran`s returning spent fuel from 
the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Iran`s representative to the 
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Akbar Salehi, said. 
He led the Iranian delegation to talks with IAEA that have ended 
in Tehran. 
Salehi said in a statement on Wednesday that under the protocol, 
Russia would deliver nuclear fuel for the Bushehr plant soon. 
He said the construction of the nuclear power plant `is not only 
continuing, but has a tendency to speed up`. 
Asked whether visits of foreign ministers of Britain, France and 
Germany to Tehran were coordinated, Salehi said that in his view they 
were. 
He also stated that views of the three ministers `are similar to 
ours`. 
As for when Iran could suspend operations to enrich uranium, 
Salehi said Tehran was to decide that on its own. 
French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said after his talks
with Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi that Iran`s authorities 
had agreed to sign an additional protocol to the treaty on 
non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and suspension of 
uranium-enrichment work. 
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