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Bushehr One of World's Safest N-Plants: Envoy

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 10 (ICANA) – Tehran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh says the Bushehr power plant in southern Iran is among the safest nuclear facilities in the world.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 2:20:00 PM
Bushehr One of World's Safest N-Plants: Envoy

In a Saturday interview with Tehran TV Channel, Soltanieh insisted that the Bushehr power plant has one of the highest safety levels among the world's nuclear facilities, noting, “Basically in Bushehr [power plant], occurrence of an incident, similar to the explosion at [Japan's] Fukushima [power plant] is impossible,” Soltanieh said.

Bushehr, which is Iran's first nuclear power plant, operates under the full supervision of the IAEA.

On March 11, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, off the northeast coast of Japan's main island unleashed a 23-foot (7-meter) tsunami and was followed by more than 50 aftershocks.

The earthquake set off a nuclear crisis by knocking out power to the cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Soltanieh argued that Japan's incidence was a hydrogen explosion and it has occurred “merely” due to the climatic and geographical conditions specific to eastern Japan and it has been prevented before nearing the level of a nuclear explosion.

The Iranian envoy to the IAEA insisted on the Islamic Republic's mastery over nuclear technology, saying the grasp is partly due to running Tehran's nuclear reactor for 40 years.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Soltanieh made a reference to Iran's talks with the world powers over its nuclear program and said, “Tehran is always ready to enter dialogues based on mutual respect and interaction.”

He noted that political and technical views in the IAEA are on Iran's side and there is an “unprecedented” consensus between the Islamic Republic and other IAEA members, particularly the developing nations regard Iran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Meanwhile, a senior Iranian lawmaker has praised the Islamic Republic's great achievements in various fields of nuclear energy, saying the US has been defeated in its nuclear battle with Iran.

“Iran was the winner in the battle with major world powers that attempted to violate the Islamic Republic's nuclear rights,” said Chairman of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi on Saturday.

“Iran is making efforts to assert its right to nuclear technology,” he told ICANA, adding that the country has succeeded in turning threats into opportunities.

He noted that sanctions imposed on Iran caused far greater losses for Western countries rather than for Tehran.

In another development, spokesman for the Majlis committee Kazem Jalali said Iran played an “undeniable” role in exposing the West's “discriminatory and unjust” attitude towards the nuclear energy issue.

“Iran succeeded in breaking an international monopoly on strategic issues, including the nuclear energy. The country prepared the ground for the right to access nuclear energy as a public demand,” the Iranian lawmaker added.

He censured dual policies of the US and its allies on nuclear technology, saying, “Certain countries were deprived of their nuclear rights due to Western powers' discriminatory approach while they are keeping silence on Israel's atomic bombs.”

Another prominent member of Majlis Hossein Naqavi Hosseini also said that Iran will provide countries in the Middle East and the Muslim world with all the necessary nuclear energy know-how.

On Saturday, Iran marked the National Nuclear Technology Day with an official ceremony during which some of the country's latest nuclear achievements were unveiled in the presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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