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MP: Moscow's Reasons for Not Supplying S-300 Missiles to Iran Unacceptable

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, August 15 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian lawmaker says Iran will discuss the issue of S-300 missiles Moscow has refused to supply to Iran during a top Russian security official's Tehran visit.
Monday, August 15, 2011 8:15:02 PM
MP: Moscow's Reasons for Not Supplying S-300 Missiles to Iran Unacceptable

"Iran has not accepted Moscow's explanation about its refusal to deliver S-300 missiles it has sold to Iran," Seyed Hossein Naqavi Hosseini told ICANA on Monday.

Tehran of Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev arrived 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.

Naqavi described the talks between Jalili and his Russian counterpart "important" and said they negotiations will center on three issues, namely the launch of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant; Iran-Russia bilateral ties; and the issue of the S-300 missiles.

Member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) said Bushehr power plant is in the final stages of operation, adding that the two sides will discuss Russia's failure to fulfill its commitments in launching the nuclear power plant.

The second topic will cover Tehran-Moscow cooperation as two important neighbors. "Iran-Russia cooperation will increase the power of the region," Naqavi noted.

According to the MP, Russia's recent proposal to solve Iran's nuclear issue had broken the wall of the sanctions. "The West did not confess to ineffectiveness of the sanctions and here it was Russia which opened a new chapter in the negotiations by its step-by-step proposal."

He said however that Iran was unaware of the plan's details. "We agree with the general outlines of the plan but Russia should inform Iran of its details."

Commenting on the S-300 missile system Russia had promised to diver to Iran, the lawmaker said numerous talks had been held between the two sides on the issue. "Tehran has rejected Moscow's reasons for not supplying Iran with the system and this will be another topic of the Tehran discussions during Patrushev's Tehran visit."

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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