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19:53 | 2009-03-05


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FM Stresses Iran's Firm Stance on Bushehr Plant Operation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki Wednesday cautioned against any probable delay in the operation of the country's first nuclear power plant, announcing that Tehran has defined a clear policy for any such event.

Answering to the questions of Iranian MPs about the causes of past delays in the operation of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Mottaki said, "If we encounter any troublemaking or illogical stance on the operation of Bushehr atomic plant, we will have clear stance."

Bushehr power plant started its pre-commissioning stage in the presence of Iranian and Russian nuclear experts last Wednesday. Experts have begun inserting "dummy fuel rods" at the Bushehr facility.

Reminding President Ahmadinejad's government diplomacy about Bushehr power plant, Mottaki noted, "The result of the current government's efforts regarding Bushehr power plant was that Russia implemented its firm decision for sending nuclear fuel and operating the plant."

He reiterated that the operation process of the nuclear plant is progressing in accordance to the specified agreements between Tehran and Moscow.

"Considering that the (plant's) fuel is in Iran, the project will start its operation next summer, and its produced power will be added to the country's power network," the Iranian foreign minister went on saying.

"The (Iranian) government is resolved to operate the Bushehr power plant next (Iranian) year (Starting 20 March) and there is no problem in diplomacy and relations with Russia."

Reminding the delays in the plant's construction during last decades, Mottaki acknowledged that the pressures imposed on the Russia by some states about Iranian nuclear program was effective in delaying the plant's operation.