Saturday, November 12, 2005

Russian Nuclear Chief Says Cooperation With Iran Completely Legal

Head of Russia’s Atomic Energy Agency Alexander Rumyantsev said Tuesday that cooperation between Iran and Russia in the construction of the power plant in Iran’s southern Bushehr province is completely legal.

“The International Atomic Energy Agency sees no problem in the countries’ cooperation in the power plant project,” Rumyantsev told Itar Tass.

He stressed that Russia is observing all the necessary requirements for undertaking such activities.

The Russian official pointed out that Iran is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and that it has also signed the IAEA’s Additional Protocol whose implementation has now been suspended by the Iranian Parliament.

Rumyantsev also said Iran has provided all the information sought by the IAEA.

Iran and Russia signed an agreement, worth some $1 billion, in 1995 for the Bushehr power plant’s construction.

The first phase of the power plant with a 1,000-MW capacity will be inaugurated in 2006.

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