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16:00 | 2008-12-23


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Iran Satisfied with Rapid Construction of Bushehr N. Plant

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran said the operational stages of Bushehr nuclear power plant are progressing fast and that it is satisfied with the process.

"The work is progressing fast and due to increase of personnel by Russian contractor it is being completed," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi told reporters during a weekly press briefing here on Monday.

Head of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi has announced recently that the nuclear plant will come on stream in March 2010.

The delivery of Bushehr plant was a landmark event in the course of operation and there is no obstacle in political determination of both sides in completion of the plant.

Over the New York meeting of the P5+1 and six Arab countries regarding Iran's nuclear program he said this was a "presentation of a failed play in a lifeless and hollow theatre," since the ties between regional nations are deep and "western countries won't be successful in putting the Iran-phobia horse behind gates of regional countries."

The West facing failure in its aggressive diplomacy intends to make its efforts look like as representing other countries' ideas and this shows failure, he said, according to the Iranian students news agency.

"This issue is like a Troy Horse that they have placed behind doors of neighbors but it won't succeed to enter."

Also in relation to Iraq's tendency for direct interference in Iran's nuclear issue Qashqavi asserted "the consortium's subject is a good one and is an appropriate path for partnership."

There is no problem for other parties to participate in Iran's nuclear issue and the best cooperation of Iran could be with Arab countries, he added.

Regarding Russia's S300 S-300 surface-to-air missile system delivery to Iran the Spokesman said he is in no position to confirm or deny the reports in this regard but that Iran and Russia have multilateral and vast cooperation in political, economic and military domains.

Over US Secretary of States Condoleezza Rice recent remarks regarding a US interests section in Tehran he explained the remarks were so self-contradictory and there was no connection between them.

The United States and Iran broke diplomatic relations in April 1980, after Iranian students seized the United States' espionage center at its embassy in Tehran. The two countries have had tense relations ever since.

Yet, relations between the two arch foes deteriorated following Iran's progress in the field of civilian nuclear technology. Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world's fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad. The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.

Tehran also stresses that the country is pursuing a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Iran is under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

Iran has so far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.

Iran has also insisted that it would continue enriching uranium because it needs to provide fuel to a 300-megawatt light-water reactor it is building in the southwestern town of Darkhoveyn as well as its first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr.

Tehran has repeatedly said that it considers its nuclear case closed as it has come clean of IAEA's questions and suspicions about its past nuclear activities.

Analysts believe that the US is at loggerheads with Iran due mainly to the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

The US attempt to push for stronger Security Council sanctions has been undermined by the country's own national intelligence estimate, published in late 2007, which said Iran is not pursuing a weapons program.

Washington's push for additional UN penalties also contradicts reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohammed ElBaradei - one in November and the other one in February - which praised Iran's truthfulness about key aspects of its past nuclear activities and announced settlement of outstanding issues with Tehran.

The February report by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, praised Iran's cooperation in clearing up all of the past questions over its nuclear program, vindicating Iran's nuclear program and leaving no justification for any new UN sanctions.

Also in another report to the IAEA's 35-member Board of Governors, ElBaradei once again verified Iran's non-diversion of declared nuclear material, adding that the UN agency has failed to discover any "components of a nuclear weapon" or "related nuclear physics studies" in Iran.

The UN nuclear watchdog has also carried out at least 14 surprise inspections of Iran's nuclear sites so far, but found nothing to support West's allegations.

The Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog continues snap inspections of Iranian nuclear sites and has reported that all "declared nuclear material in Iran has been accounted for, and therefore such material is not diverted to prohibited activities."

The aforementioned reports have made any effort to impose further sanctions on Iran completely irrational.

Observers believe that Bush's attempt to rally international pressure against Iran lost steam due to the growing international vigilance following the said reports.

Many world nations have called the UN Security Council pressure against Iran unjustified, especially in the wake of recent IAEA reports, stressing that Tehran's case should be normalized and returned to the UN nuclear watchdog due to the Islamic Republic's increased cooperation with the agency.