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Iran urges Russia to resolve problem with NPP cargo seizure

RIA Novosti

23/04/2008 17:49 TEHRAN, April 23 (RIA Novosti) - Iran on Wednesday urged a Russian company building a nuclear power plant in the Islamic Republic to resolve a recent problem with Azerbaijan over the seizure of a shipment for the Bushehr plant.

Russia's Atomstroyexport on Monday confirmed reports that Azerbaijani border officials had stopped the cargo from crossing the border with Iran several weeks ago.

"The issue with the seizure of a shipment containing equipment for the Bushehr nuclear power plant en route to Iran is a problem to be resolved by the Russian contractor," an unnamed Iranian official was quoted by Iran's students news agency ISNA as saying.

The official said the equipment must be supplied within the specified timeframe.

Russia delivered its final and eighth fuel shipment to Bushehr on January 28. Russia has supplied a total of 82 metric tons of low-enriched uranium to the light-water nuclear power plant. Iran hopes its first nuclear power plant will be launched in October.

Tehran is currently under three sets of UN sanctions over its uranium enrichment program. The latest resolution saw a number of new restrictions imposed against the Islamic Republic, including inspections of goods leaving and entering Iran.

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