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15:02 | 2013-04-30


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Official Reiterates Bushehr N. Power Plant's High Safety Standards

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr enjoys a maximum level of safety, a senior Iranian official stressed, adding that the facility complies with the latest safety rules and standards.

"The Bushehr nuclear power plant is one of the best atomic facilities with the highest safety standards," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast told FNA at Bushehr airport on Tuesday, where he was due to attend a ceremony to mark the National Day of the Persian Gulf on April 30.

He underlined that the safety and high standards of the Bushehr nuclear power plant serves as a role model for other "peaceful nuclear activities in Iran".

The Nuclear Safety and Security Department of the IAEA in a recent visit to Iran 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 in March 2012.

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

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

Earlier in October 2011, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the precautions and safety measures adopted in connection with the Bushehr nuclear power plant are of paramount importance and Tehran would never prioritize high speed in the completion of the long waited nuclear plant over safety issues.

"Our priority is providing safety for the plant rather than its quick launch," former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said at the time, adding, "Safety issues of the plant are important to us."

Many nations utilizing nuclear power have special institutions overseeing and regulating nuclear safety.

Internationally the IAEA works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology.

Nuclear safety covers the actions taken to prevent nuclear and radiation accidents or to limit their consequences. This covers nuclear power plants as well as all other nuclear facilities, the transportation of nuclear materials and the use and storage of nuclear materials for medical, power, industry, and military uses.

In addition, there are safety issues involved in products created with radioactive materials.