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Sanctions Cannot Check Iran’s Nuclear Program: MP

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 1 (ICANA) – A senior lawmaker says the West’s sanctions and threats will not prevent Iran from continuing with its peaceful nuclear program.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 1:03:48 PM
Sanctions Cannot Check Iran’s Nuclear Program: MP

Chairman of the Majlis Education and Research Commission, Ali Abbaspour Tehranifard, referring to the West’s recent propaganda on Iran’s decision to remove the fuel from Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant for test operations, said: “The Western countries are using all their means to confine Iran’s nuclear activities and thus prevent Tehran from mastering nuclear technology.”

Speaking to ICANA, the lawmaker said the Turkish President Abdullah Gul in his recent visit to Iran, spoke of formulating a new Iranian nuclear roadmap “which shows Ankara’s attempt to play a mediatory role in Iran’s nuclear program.”

The MP said, however that this mediation by Turkey would not be very effective, adding: “As long as the West does not change its stance, such activities would be ineffective.”

Iran's IAEA envoy said the fuel placed inside the Bushehr nuclear reactor will be temporarily removed to run a number of tests.

“Upon Russia's request fuel will be removed from the core of the reactor in order to conduct a number of tests and [carry out] technical work,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh said.

"After the tests are conducted, [the fuel] will be placed in the core of the reactor once again," Soltanieh added.

The Iranian official explained that Russia is responsible for completing the Bushehr power plant in accordance with highest safety standards.

“Iran has always stressed and prioritized the safety of the reactor according to the highest international safety standards.”

The construction of the Bushehr plant started in 1975 when Germany signed a contract with Iran. Berlin, 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.

However, the project was repeatedly delayed by the Russian side due to intense pressures by the United States and its Western allies against the move.

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant was eventually completed by the Russian contractor in 2010 and Iran injected fuel into the reactor's core, which constitutes the initial phase in launching the country's first nuclear reactor.

Since the facility operates under the supervision of the IAEA, Iran has notified the agency of the fuel removal and the UN body would supervise the process.

Meanwhile, the United States last week slapped sanctions on the head of the Basij militia and Tehran's prosecutor general for rights abuses during the country's 2009 pro-democracy uprising.

The US Treasury said it had designated Mohammad Reza Naghdi, head of a militia that operates under Iran's Revolutionary Guards, and prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, for involvement in "serious human rights abuses in Iran since the June 2009 disputed presidential election."

Iran has condemned the United States for its double standard policy vi-a-vis the question of human rights.

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