Aghazadeh says Remaining Issues with IAEA to be Addressed

December 17, 2007

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) said on Monday that all remaining issues with the UN nuclear agency will be resolved by the end of Iranian year (March 20, 2008).

Reza Aghazadeh also said that the current cooperation between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency to resolve the outstanding questions and Russian first shipment of fuel shipment to Bushehr power plant indicate the normal course of Iranian nuclear program.

Aghazadeh added that the international situation will change making examination of Iran's nuclear program at the UN Security Council (UNSC) meaningless.

Thanks to Iran's cooperation with IAEA, the shipment of fuel to Bushehr power plant will have remarkable impact on the situation.

He pointed to the cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, saying that Russia is one of member states of the group 5+1 and a veto-wielding member of the UNSC.

When Russia acknowledges IAEA finding that there is no sign of diversion in Iranian nuclear program and Tehran continues to cooperate with the UN nuclear agency in line with the Safeguards and international regulations, there remains no obstacle for commissioning the 20,000 megawatts Bushehr power plant, he said.

He cited remarks by President Ahmadinejad saying that Iran's nuclear course is coming back to normal.

Aghazadeh further said that next shipment of nuclear fuel will be sent to Iran. About 95 percent of Bushehr power plant has been completed.

"Therefore, we can promise to the Iranian nation that the electricity output of Bushehr power plant will go to national grid next year."

Responding to a question whether Iran needs fuel production, given Russian shipment, he said that Iran is establishing a power plant with the capacity of 360 megawatts in Darkhowein, whose fuel will be provided by Natanz.

According to the previous planning, Russia was expected to supply nuclear fuel for Bushehr power plant, he added.

He said that commissioning of Darkhowein nuclear power plant will take several years.

At present, there are 3,000 centrifuges in Natanz site, but they should increase to 50,000 centrifuges in order to be able to supply fuel for a nuclear power plant with the capacity of 1,000 megawatts per year, Aghazadeh added.