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Russia pledges tough security for Iranian NPP - defense minister

RIA Novosti

30/06/2006 11:24 MOSCOW, June 30 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will ensure tough security at a nuclear power plant it is helping to build in Iran and will make sure that all the spent fuel is returned to Russia for reprocessing, the defense minister said Friday.

Russia is building the Bushehr NPP southwest of Tehran, which has drawn criticism from some quarters of the international community, particularly in light of the stand-off over Iran's controversial nuclear programs.

But Sergei Ivanov, who is also a deputy prime minister, told a news conference: "We have insisted and insist on the fact that after the construction of the Bushehr NPP, and there will be a light-water reactor there, all the spent fuel down to the very last gram after the nuclear cycle will be sent back to Russia under international control for reprocessing."

Ivanov reiterated that Russia had been and would always be in favor of a political and diplomatic resolution of the Iranian issue and added that the country has signed up to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

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