Iranian uranium enrichment program aims to guarantee fuel supply
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Bushehr, August 21, IRNA -- Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic of Iran has confidence in Russia but the uranium enrichment program aims to produce fuel for new power plants.
Salehi made the remarks in a joint press conference with the head of Russian nuclear energy corporation, Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko in Bushehr.
“Since we lost confidence in the western suppliers mainly Germany and France over honoring their commitments, we had no option except for producing fuel with reliance on our own experts and technicians,” Salehi said.
“Based on the calculations made by the Iranian government for generation of 20,000 megawatts of electricity in line with 20-Year Vision Plan, we require great amount fuel and for the same reason we are determined to produce fuel ourselves,” he said.
He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran placed confidence in Russia and believe that Russia is committed to its undertakings.
“Russia is committed to provide nuclear fuel for Bushehr power plant for ten years but we have to consider our need to fuel for the new nuclear power plant which will come on stream in future,” he said.
End News / IRNA / News Code 1290892
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