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Aqazadeh, Kiriyenko discuss completion of Bushehr power plant

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Sept 25, IRNA
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In the first round of talks between Reza Aqazadeh and Sergei Kiriyenko in Moscow, the existing obstacles on completion and commissioning of Bushehr Nuclear Powerplant was discussed, Deputy Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) in International Affairs and Planning Mohammad Saeedi told IRNA.

After the first round of talks between Head of IAEO and his Russian counterpart on Monday evening, Saeedi told reporters the main existing obstacles on completion of the powerplant by Russia are the technical ones, including constructing and installing of side equipment of the powerplant.

Aqazadeh in today's talk called for increasing the working hours to three shifts and accelerating the installation of equipment to decrease the time for commissioning the plant.

Saeedi said the Russian side stressed that there was no political obstacle and the Russian government was determined to complete the Bushehr Powerplant.

He said the two sides experts are to discuss related issues tonight. Tomorrow, in the second round of negotiations Aqazadeh and Kiriyenko are to announce the definite date for the powerplant to start its work.

Russia has already announced that the powerplant will not be ready before November 2006, but Iranian officials have called for acceleration of the work.

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