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Saeedi to brief MPs on Russian compliance with undertaking to construct Bushehr power plant

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 12, IRNA
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran's (AEOI) Deputy for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi is to a attend session of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission on Monday to brief MPs of Russia's compliance with its undertaking to construct the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Saeedi, in the session, will also report on latest developments in the Iran nuclear issue and answer questions raised by MPs.

A Russian delegation comprising officials and experts of Atomstroiexport, the company that is building the Bushehr nuclear power plant, arrived Monday in Tehran to settle a dispute over an alleged default in payment by Iran for the plant.

Atomstroiexport is Russia's national agent and general contractor for the nuclear power plant that is currently in the final stage of construction in southern Iran.

The company recently announced that inauguration of the plant could again be delayed as well as supply of nuclear fuel for the plant following Iran's failure to settle its financial account.

Based on an agreement reached by the two sides in September 2006, the plant was to be test-operated in September 2007 and the fuel needed by the plant transferred to Iran by end of March.

Iranian officials, however, insist Tehran has faithfully complied with its financial obligations as stipulated in the contract.


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