Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Iran, Russia to sign contract on return of spent fuel

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 26, IRNA -- Iran and Russia are scheduled to sign a 
contract for the return of spent nuclear fuel to Moscow, in the 
southern city of Bushehr on Sunday, said an official here Saturday. 
"The deal includes three documents with two of them relating to 
to the protocol and financial issues. They will be signed Sunday 
when Russian top nuclear official Alexander Rumyantsev inspects the 
Bushehr power plant," Deputy for International Affairs and Planning 
of Iran`s Atomic Energy Organization Mohammad Saeedi told IRNA. 
"The third document attached to the deal is related to the 
setting a date for return of the spent fuel which must be finalized. 
They debate on the timing for return of the spent fuel would be 
resolved at earliest time", he added. 
He noted, "The Russians should show some flexibility. The issues 
are to be resolved Saturday night and the deal is to be signed 
Sunday in Bushehr." 
He noted that the talks between Iranian and Russian officials were
making headway, adding that it was agreed to proceed with the second 
phase of Bushehr power plant. 
Both sides underlined that the timing of the first phase of the 
power plant should be shortened and that the Iranian and Russian 
experts have to work overtime so that the power plant would become 
operation ahead of schedule. 
Referring to the second working group of Bushehr power plant, 
he stressed that the group is to prepare a comprehensive report within
six months and then the option and the site of the second phase will 
be discussed later. 
Head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency, Alexander 
Rumyantsev, heading a delegation, arrived in Tehran late Friday. 
Rumyantsev is scheduled to visit Bushehr atomic power plant 
Sunday. 
Rumyantsev and his Iranian counterpart Gholam Reza Aqazadeh held 
lengthy talks but their press conference was postponed and rescheduled
to be held in Bushehr on Sunday, said Saeedi. 
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