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FM: Bushehr nuclear plant's fuel ready but sealed by IAEA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 16, IRNA
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The fuel for Iran's nuclear power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran, has been prepared (for delivery by Russian side) but is sealed by the UN nuclear watchdog, it was announced here Saturday evening.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made the remarks while speaking to reporters in the presence of his visiting Belgian counterpart Karel De Gucht at the Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies.

He said that his talks with Russian officials during his September 12 visit to Moscow were mostly based on agreements reached between Tehran and Moscow on expansion of economic cooperation including the issue of Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Mottaki assessed that the issue was "going ahead."

Referring to a recent telephone contact between Iranian and Russian presidents, the minister expressed hope that the issue would be settled soon.

The delayed Bushehr nuclear power plant project was to be completed in September 2007.

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