Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Russian company reaffirms civilian nature of Bushehr power plant

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 15, IRNA -- Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, on Sunday reaffirmed civilian nature of Bushehr power plant.

"Bushehr power plant is a peaceful nuclear facility," spokesman for Rosatom, Sergei Novikov, said.

He said Bushehr nuclear power plant has nothing to do with military purpose and it only aims to generate electricity.

Iranian and Russian officials have announced that Bushehr power plant will be operational soon.

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Tuesday Bushehr power plant would start operation in mid September.

"If nothing special happens and the process of reviewing equipment is fulfilled successfully, the facility will start runnig in mid September," he said.

"The plant will undergo the final tests for detection of any possible failure," he said.

"The preliminary phase will be completed in less than two weeks to generate electricity."

Salehi then moved to upcoming fuel swap talks and expressed hope Iran and the Vienna Group -- US, Russia, France and the International Atomic Energy Agency -- would hold talks in next two weeks.

Salehi said that Vienna hosts negotiations since the IAEA needs to pave the way for delivery of 20 percent fuel to Iran.

Iran, Turkey and Brazil signed Tehran declaration for fuel swap on May 17 after IAEA proposal on the swap in October.

Based on Tehran declaration Iran would send 1200 kg of its 3.5 percent enriched uranium to Turkey in return for 120 kg of 20 percent fuel.

Iran criticized the western suppliers of fuel for negligence of fuel shortage at Tehran medical research reactor which produces isotopes and medicines to cure cancer patients since 1970s.

Iran says Tehran medical research reactor is currently operating below its capacity due to fuel shortage and that the western suppliers of fuel are concerned about their financial gains rather than taking into account the humanitarian values of fuelling Tehran medical reactor.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1281062



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