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Lawmaker: Delay in Bushehr project may reverse balance of ties

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 12, IRNA
An Iranian lawmaker on Monday voiced Iran's displeasure over Russian partner's delay in construction and delivery of Bushehr nuclear power plant and said the act may reverse balance of ties as some wish so.

"In our opinion, such delays are not acceptable because the first contract (dated 1995) envisioned completion of the power plant by 2000 and its coming into cycle by 2001. Any procrastination and delay in construction and delivery of Bushehr power plant can reverse the balance in favor of those not calling for ties with Russia," said apporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali in an interview with reporters.

Jalali made the remark after an emergency session at his Commission, in which Deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Saeidi attended to brief the parliamentarians on outcome of his talks with Russian partner in Moscow on Bushehr project.

He said some elites believe Russia is not a trusted partner and the delays are due to pressures of the big powers.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Jalali referred to visit of a Russian delegation to Tehran to look into Bushehr issue and said the talks are hoped to end up in an agreement for fuel shipment based on schedule (March 2007).

Jalali said the second UN Security Council resolution on Iran might be issued by March 20. He said Americans try to include their own stances in the resolution but the Russians and the Chinese too have their own views on it.

He said the IAEA has taken some measures for suspension of parts of its cooperation with Iran, which seem contrary to NPT, the Safeguard agreement and the Agency's charter.

"As an IAEA member, Iran is entitled to cooperation with IAEA in scientific and research sectors; unfortunately, one of the reasons countries turn to concealment is the Agency's double-standards," he added.

He hoped that the IAEA, as a big international institution, would rectify its "completely unjudicial" act of suspending some of its cooperation projects with Iran.


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