Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Russia, Iran sign document on return of worked-out N-fuel

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Bushehr, Feb 27, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Russia and Iran, following a 
decade since the start of construction of the nuclear power station in
Bushehr, adopted a document on a return of worked-out fuel to Russia. 
The document was signed on Sunday by head of the Russian Federal 
Nuclear Energy Agency Alexander Rumyantsev and Iranian Vice President 
and head of the Iranian nuclear agency Golam Reza Aqazadeh. 
On Saturday, they spent two lengthy rounds of talks, agreeing 
particulars, connected with the document. Therefore, the signing of 
the protocol was shifted from Teheran right to the nuclear power 
station under construction, situated around 1,000 kilometers from the 
Iranian capital . 
The agreement gives `the green light` to the deliveries of fuel 
for the station in Bushehr. 
While supplying nuclear fuel assemblies, Russia will take them 
back after use. Thus, this move will fully preclude already a low 
possibility of using the station for production of arms-grade 
plutonium. Following some processing, fuel for nuclear power stations 
will be received again. 
The contract for the construction of the station in Bushehr had 
been concluded in 1995. 
Russia will receive slightly over one billion US dollars for the 
construction of the station, consisting so far of one unit with a 
reactor of the VVER (water-water) type. The station is planned to be 
commissioned in one year`s time. 
The first batch of fuel -- some 90 tons -- has been produced and 
is stored in Novosibirsk. 
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