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MP: Russia fuel delivery to Iran, a new chapter in bilateral ties

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Hamedan, Dec 22, IRNA
Iran-Russia-Nuclear
A lawmaker said here Saturday that nuclear fuel delivery to Iran by Russia has opened a new chapter in bilateral relations.

Hamid-Reza Haji-Babaei told IRNA that this is a successful move for both friendly countries.

He added that all events including the report of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, the US National Intelligence Estimates (NIE) report, Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Iran, and new regional cooperation between Tehran and Moscow have helped create the current atmosphere.

Such an atmosphere has led to expansion of cooperation and confidence among regional nations, particularly between Iran and Russia, he noted.

According to the member of Iranian parliament (Majlis), Russian nuclear fuel delivery to Iran was the first move towards
strengthening bilateral cooperation.

Haj-Babaei further said that political balance among world nations and division of power are taking place, and that the US hegemonic policy is fading more than ever.

The legislator, who is also member of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, added that the US new stance that Iran needs no more uranium enrichment is another plot and propaganda campaign against the Islamic nation.

Pointing to the domestic need for electricity from Bushehr nuclear power plant, he argued that Iran is to produce nuclear fuel for its independence and that the fuel delivery will not hinder domestic self-sufficiency in producing nuclear fuel through uranium enrichment.

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