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Bushehr power plant under full IAEA supervision: Asefi

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 7, IRNA

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said here Wednesday that construction of the 1,000mw Bushehr power plant, 93 percent of which is already completed, is under full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

According to a report of the Foreign Ministry Press and Information Department, Asefi said the power plant complies with highest international safety standards.

Commenting on a final statement issued by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council at the conclusion of its 100th session in Jeddah on Monday, he said all yardsticks for environmental protection have been complied with in the plant's construction.

Underscoring the importance Iran attaches to protecting the environment in the Persian Gulf, he said it has apprised all regional states of its concerns over possible effects of the power plant's operations on the marine environment in the region and steps it is taking in this regard.

Asefi further welcomed the PGCC's support for dialogue and continued negotiations on Iran's nuclear case.

However, he rejected portions of the PGCC statement which in effect disputed Iran's ownership of the three Persian Gulf islands of Lesser and Great Tunbs and Abu Moussa, saying the "islands are inalienable parts of Iranian territory."
"The allegations in the statemen (respecting the islands) have no legal basis and are rejected by the Islamic Republic of Iran," Asefi said.

He said the allegations are the result of a misunderstanding between Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over the 1971 Letter of Understanding on Abu Moussa island which can be settled through continued negotiations.

He called for efforts to strengthen solidarity among regional states and to defend peace and stability in the region.



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