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Iran's IAEO deputy head wraps up his talks in Moscow

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, March 9, IRNA
Deputy Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Mohammad Saeedi wrapped up his negotiations with Chief Executive Officer of Russia's Atomstroiexport Sergei Shmatko here on Friday.

Saeedi and Shmatko negotiated for three rounds during the past three days and a statement is to be published at the end of their talks.

Talks were about the construction and completion of Bushehr Atomic Power Plant and the recent financial and technical problems related to the plant, but the details of the negotiations and the results have not been declared so far.

The deputy head of IAEO in International Affairs said on Friday that his country is ready to pay extra money, besides the contract's fee, to the Russia's Atomstroiexport to finish the project on time.

Saeedi said, "Atomstroiexport is in short of money to finish Bushehr Power Plant project."

He underlined Iran will meet all its financial obligations concerning the project and expressed hope that Atomstroiexport Company and the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency also meet their commitment on delivering nuclear fuel to Iran before the end of current month of March, so that the situation would be ready to make the Bushehr Power Plant operational in September.

Referring to Iran's peaceful nuclear program and its conformity with international obligations, Saeedi said, "We will continue our peaceful nuclear activity."

A spokesman of Atomstroiexport company had already claimed that the Iranian side had not paid any money since January 17 for Bushehr plant expenses.

The IAEO officials have repeatedly denied the claim and said Iran has paid all its financial obligations on time.

Saeedi at the head of an Iranian delegation arrived in Moscow last Wednesday to negotiate the problem with the Russian company.


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