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Iran has right to develop peaceful nuclear program, says Rosatom

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Washington, Nov 10, Itar-Tass/IRNA -- Chief of the Russian Federal Nuclear Energy Agency (Rosatom) Alexander Rumyantsev claimed that Iran has the right and grounds to develop a peaceful nuclear energy programe.

He expressed his idea after summing up the results of his working visit to Washington at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday.

Replying to Tass, the Rosatom chief emphasized that cooperation between Russia and Iran in the nuclear power industry is in full conformity with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and all IAEA standards.

The US often accuses Iran of a secret desire to lay hands on nuclear weapons, but according to Rumyantsev, "the Iranian problem has not been discussed at the latest meetings with members of the American administration."
"We return sometimes to this question (cooperation between Russia and Iran) and sometimes not. It has not been raised these days," the Rosatom chief added.

Rumyantsev said he disagreed with the opinion of some American politicians and experts according to which there is no sense for Iran to build nuclear power plants since it has great oil reserves.

"Russia also has much oil and gas. Nevertheless, we believe it the right to develop the nuclear power industry," Rumyantsev continued.

"Oil and gas should be saved. They should be involved in another turn-over: they should be used for production of resins, plastics, fibers and other materials."
However, the Rosatom chief expressed "deep regret" over the recent call of the Iranian president for Israel to be "wiped out from the political map of the world."
He underlined nonetheless that "no specific changes have taken place in cooperation between Russia and Iran."
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