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Final report on Bushehr power plant to be publicized in 30 days

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 11, IRNA
Iran-Nuclear-Bushehr
Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Reza Aqazadeh said on Tuesday that the final report on the Bushehr nuclear power plant project would be presented to the public within a month.

The project which is launched jointly with Russia was supposed to be finished in September 2007 but its construction operation was halted earlier this year over claims made by the Russian side that Iran was not paying its bills for the project.

"The construction operation of the Bushehr atomic power plant had a made a 95 percent progress but the contractor (Russia) has faced financial problems," Aqazadeh told reporters on the sidelines of a scientific, nuclear workshop.

"The contractor says it has sustained loss due to prolongation of the project and that continuation of the project as it was agreed upon before is no longer possible for it," Aqazadeh explained.

Stressing that "Iran was not the cause of any delay in the project," the official added, "Iran and Russia was negotiating within the framework of a joint committee."

Aqazadeh expressed hope that the talks would be finalized soon and people would become informed of the project's operation and the issue of its fuel.

Asked if the halt of the construction operations had political reasons, Aqazadeh said, "As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said, his Russian counterpart President vladimir Putin told him in a recent meeting that Moscow policy was to complete the Bushehr nuclear power plant."

The two presidents had met on the sidelines of the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) last month.

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