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Busher's first reactor to be launched 2005 - Russian official

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, June 15, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Russia`s Federal Atomic 
Energy Agency believes that the International Atomic Energy Agency is 
not against the Bushehr nuclear power plant construction project in 
"The IAEA has no objections to make against Russia building the 
Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran," Russian atomic energy agency 
spokesman Nikolai Shingaryov said, as the IAEA Board of Governors met 
in a session in Vienna. 
Shingaryov said in the report by the IAEA Director General 
Mohammed El-Baradei not a single word was said about Iran`s Bushehr 
nuclear power plant project. 
In the report the IAEA raised concerns over how Iran had been 
using uranium enrichment equipment and over the scale of this 
"According to IAEA sources, this equipment Iran has purchased from
other countries without notifying the IAEA has proved to bear traces 
of highly enriched uranium," Shingaryov said. 
Russian Atomic Energy Agency sources said, "Russia has no reasons 
for curtailing its cooperation with Iran in completing the 
construction of the first Bushehr reactor, scheduled to be launched in
"Negotiations will be continued on Russia`s participation in the 
construction of a s econd Bushehr reactor," Shingaryov said. 
IAEA specialists last year inspected all of Iran`s nuclear 
facilities, including Bushehr, on more than 600 occasions. 
"No convincing evidence that the Iranian nuclear program may have 
a military aspect have been found," the Russian Atomic Energy Agency 
The IAEA Board of Governors will most probably adopt a mildly 
worded resolution to ask the Iranian leadership to provide answers to 
all questions without an exception and to suspend the national nuclear
program until all circumstances involving the purchase of centrifuges 
have been clarified, Shingaryov said. 
Moscow feels, though, that the IAEA Board of Governors is unlikely
to close the Iranian theme altogether, and it will be on the agenda 
again at the IAEA general assembly in September. 

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