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18:24 | 2011-09-12


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Iranian, Russian Experts Ink 2 Protocols on N. Cooperation

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) Sergei Kiriyenko announced that Iranian and Russian officials have signed two protocols on nuclear cooperation.

"The first protocol is related to using the experience of Fukushima (nuclear power plant in Japan which faced crisis after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March) and increasing the safety of the Iranian and Russian power plants," Kiriyenko said on the sidelines of a ceremony held to launch Iran's first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr on Monday.

"The other (protocol) is related to the cooperation of the Russian personnel with the (Iranian) Bushehr nuclear power plant exploitation company and this cooperation will continue until the complete launch of the power plant," he added.

On March 11, a nine-magnitude earthquake, off the northeast coast of Japan's main island, unleashed a devastating tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks.

The incident led to fires, explosions or partial meltdowns of six reactor units in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after it knocked out power to the facility's cooling systems.

The destruction has also been followed by a radiation leak and nuclear fallout has been reported in many places across the world.

Despite the propaganda campaign launched by the US-led West against the safety of Iran's nuclear facilities, the UN nuclear watchdog agency as the sole specialized world body has repeatedly approved the high quality of Iran's nuclear safety standards.

The Nuclear Safety and Security Department of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had also in a visit to Iran in March 2010 approved the standard safety levels of all Iranian nuclear sites and installations, and lauded the country's measures and special efforts in this regard.

"We realized that Iran's safety system responsible for inspecting Iranian nuclear facilities and installations acts very well and is strong," Head of the IAEA's Nuclear Safety and Security Department Olena Mykolaichuk said at the time.

"I, as the head of the (inspection) team, assure the Iranian society that Iran's installations are fully safe…," Mykolaichuk added.

She also stressed that her team had visited the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Southern Iran and inspected the safety and security control system at the installations.