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13:25 | 2013-05-13


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Senior MP Rebuffs Amano's Demand for Irregular Visit to Bushehr N. Power Plant

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator stressed the high safety standards of Iran's first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr, and blasted International Atomic Energy Agency Chief Yukiya Amano's recent demand for extra inspection of the Bushehr facility after the recent quake despite IAEA's earlier report that said the plant has remained unhurt.

His remarks came after Amano called on Iran to provide the ground for another visit by a new team of IAEA inspectors to the Bushehr power plant after a 6.1-Richter earthquake rocked the Bushehr province in April.

The UN nuclear watchdog's demand was raised after the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) called for international inspectors to be sent to Iran's Bushehr plant over alleged concerns of possible radiation leaks after an earthquake hit the area.

"Although the Islamic Republic of Iran isn't concerned about (excess) inspections, Amano's demand which has been raised hastily, illogically and based on miscalculations and under the influence of political wills is a mistake," Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said in an interview with the parliament's website on Monday.

Yet, he said that Iran welcomes inspection of its nuclear power plants and activities "since it is ascertained of its safe work".

An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted the town of Kaki in Bushehr province in April, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 850 others.

A few days later, the IAEA said the recent earthquake has not affected the country's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

"Iran has informed (the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Center) of the event, reporting that there has been no damage to the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and no radioactive release from the installation," the IAEA said in a statement.

In similar remarks earlier, a spokesman for Russia's Atomstroyexport, a Rosatom subsidiary that completed the construction of the Bushehr power plant, confirmed that the earthquake has left no impact on the plant and the facility is continuing its operation normally.

"Tremors were felt at the plant, but the earthquake did not affect the standard situation at the energy block. All personnel continue to work in the normal regime, the levels of radiation are within the norms," he said.