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Bighash: Iran Expects Russia to Fulfill Its Commitments

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TEHRAN, August 15 (ICANA) – A top Iranian lawmaker has urged Moscow to fulfill its commitments towards Iran. “Six years have passed since Russia promised to launch Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and it is time for Moscow to fulfill its promise,” Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash told ICANA on Monday.
Monday, August 15, 2011 1:36:25 PM
Bighash: Iran Expects Russia to Fulfill Its Commitments

Referring to the visit to Tehran of Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, the MP said Iran’s most important demand from Russia will be the immediate launch of BNPP.

He said the people of Iran will no longer accept further procrastinations by the Russians in launching Bushehr plant and hoped that Iran would not be forced to follow up the case through judicial channels.

He said both Iran and Russia needed fair interaction, adding: “We need a logical neighbor and we hope that Russia as our powerful neighbor would fulfill its commitments this time.”

Patrushev is due to arrive in Tehran Monday at the invitation of Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili. During his stay here, Patrushev in addition to Jalili will also meet with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials.

The first phase of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant has been scheduled to be launched by the end of the holy month of Ramadan (early September) with a 40 percent capacity.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoun Abbasi Davani announced that a pre-launch phase of the plant was due to be implemented by September.

“If things proceed according to plans ...the [Bushehr] power plant will join the national grid with a 40 percent capacity,” he said.

He stated that should certain technical tests be successfully executed, then the power plant will link up to the national power grid.

He further alluded to the safety standards of the power plant and emphasized, “We will observe the safety of the plant at the highest level, especially following the impact of what happened at the Fokushima nuclear power station on the world public opinion.”

Abbasi anticipated that the power plant would be officially launched in its entirety by next December.

The construction of Bushehr power plant started in 1975 when Germany signed a contract with Iran. Germany, however, pulled out of the project following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran then signed a deal with Russia in 1995, under which the plant was originally scheduled to be completed in 1999, but the completion of the project was repeatedly delayed. The nuclear power plant was finally finished with the help of Russia following a three-decade delay.

In October 2010, Iran started injecting fuel into the core of the reactor at Bushehr nuclear power plant in the initial phase of its launch. However, engineers began removing the fuel rods in late February for safety reasons.

The unloading of the fuel delayed the plant's connection to the national grid, initially scheduled for the beginning of 2011.

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