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Operating Bushehr power plant, great success for Iran: MP

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 19, IRNA -- Operating the Bushehr power plant after several decades is a great success for Iran, Member of Parliament said on Wednesday.

Javad Karimi Qodousi, member of Majlis Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy, made the comment on the eve of inauguration of Bushehr power plant.

Siemens of Germany which had undertaken to build the power plant early 1970s withdrew from the project after triumph of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979.

Eurodif, the French company specialized in uranium enrichment had undertaken to supply fuel to Iran, but, it failed to honor its commitment despite major part of its shares belongs to Iran.

He was upbeat that the Russian officials fulfilled their commitments and the long-delayed nuclear power plant is scheduled to come on stream in the southern city of Bushehr.

Meanwile, director of the Russia Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) said on Thursday that the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is a civilian facility in southern Iran and no threat against the system of atomic weapons non-proliferation.

“Unlike what was claimed by US former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, the Bushehr nuclear power plant is not to produce plutonium for military purposes,” Anton Khlopkov said.

The Russian official said Bolton’s allegations were baseless and untrue.

The 1,000-MW power plant "is to work under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and is a civilian center,” Khlopkov stressed.

Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov stressed earlier this week that the power plant would become operational under the IAEA’s Safeguards Agreement.

The Bushehr plant was originally scheduled to be completed in 1999, but its start-up has been repeatedly delayed.

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