French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesperson Remarks on Russia's Decision to Start Bushehr Reactor on August 21, 2010 (Excerpts)

August 13, 2010

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What is your reaction following Russia's decision to start up the Bushehr nuclear power station on August 21 (by loading the reactor with fuel)? Doesn't this action violate resolution 1929?

The nuclear energy facility project in Bushehr is a pre-existing civilian nuclear cooperation project between Russia and Iran. It falls under IAEA supervision. Russia's completion of this plant is authorized by special dispensation in resolutions 1737 and 1747, the provisions of which are reaffirmed in UNSCR 1929.

Russia's delivery of the fuel for this plant represents an additional reason for the Islamic Republic to suspend its sensitive nuclear activities in compliance with the Security Council resolutions and in particular resolution 1929 adopted in June. Iran may only use the Russian fuel that is adapted to the specifications of this plant. Therefore, the claim that uranium enriched by Iran will be used to operate the Bushehr plant has no justification whatsoever.

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