Iran to Sign with Russia on Completion of Bushehr Power Plant

September 20, 2007

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Reza Aghazadeh said on Thursday that he predicts a document will be signed on completion of Bushehr nuclear plant ahead of President Putin's visit to Tehran.

Aghazadeh told reporters upon his arrival from Vienna that Russian President Vladimir Putin is to pay a visit to Tehran to take part in the Caspian Sea Summit mid October.

He said that currently the Iranian and Russian experts are studying completion of Bushehr power plant and delivery of fuel by Russia.

Aghazadeh said that, during his stay in Vienna to attend general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he held talks with Russian Head of Federal Atomic Energy Agency Sergei Kiriyenko on issues concerning Bushehr nuclear plant.

Asked about the manufacturing some parts of Bushehr plant by third countries, and whether the process has stopped, Aghazadeh noted that some important equipment of the plant were manufactured outside Russia, and Russians had some difficulty in this regard, but they have almost taken delivery of the sensitive parts from third country.

Responding to a question on contradiction between the remarks of Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and Russian officials on preparation of nuclear fuel for Bushehr plant, he said that Mr.

Mottaki meant that the nuclear fuel was ready for delivery, but the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency have not yet sealed the shipment.

According to the fifth agreement between Tehran and Moscow, Russia was obliged to deliver 90 tons of fuel six months ago by March 2007 and commission Bushehr nuclear plant by September 2007.

According to the initial contract, Russia had undertaken to commission Bushehr power plant in the year 2000.

Although Iran has paid full cost of the contract to the Russian Atomstroieksport, completion of the plant has been repeatedly delayed in the past seven years.

Elsewhere in his remarks, he said that the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) troika and some other members including the president of the IAEA general conference in Vienna hailed Iran's progress in resolving remaining issues with IAEA.

NAM troika underlined that the move has influenced the international atmosphere and that its member states were upbeat about breakthrough made by Iran-IAEA cooperation.

Aghazadeh assessed the cooperation as a good opportunity to resolve remaining concerns of the West.

Pointing to the recent remarks of the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani on the fact that 'if the UN Security Council issues a third resolution against Iranian nuclear program, Iran will not withdraw from Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)', he said, "I do not think a resolution to be issued in near future."