No political obstacles in completing Iranian nuke plant:Russia

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Moscow, Sep 19 (UNI) There are no political obstacles in completing the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, the head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) Sergei Kiriyenko said.

Talking to newspersons after holding talks with Iranian Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, in Vienna, Mr Kiriyenko said, ''I have discussed the construction of the Bushehr nuclear plant with Aghazadeh. Taking into account the fact that Russia and Iran have signed an agreement according to which all fuel for the plant will be produced in Russia, while spent nuclear fuel will be returned to Russia, the Bushehr plant will pose no threat to the non-proliferation regime.'' ''There are no and should be no political obstacles in completing the Bushehr nuclear power plant,'' RIA Novosti news agency quoted Mr Kiriyenko as saying.

Mr Aghazadeh, who heads the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), is in Vienna to participate in the 51st session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Mr Kiriyenko said the two sides discussed measures to ensure an early completion of Iran's first nuclear power plant.

His remarks come as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday voiced alarm over reports about possible military strike against Iran by the US.

''We are particularly concerned about increasing reports that they are seriously thinking about a military action against Iran,'' Mr Lavrov told reporters after talks with his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner.

''It is even hard to imagine the implications that may have for the region, where there are already very serious problems with Iraq and Afghanistan,'' Mr Lavrov said.

He said Russia believes Iran is fairly fulfilling the IAEA requirements in tackling its nuclear problem, pointing out that last month Tehran agreed to cooperate with the IAEA and signed the relevant documents.

''According to the IAEA Director General, the agreement is being implemented fairly well and we want the process to be completed without any hindrance,'' Mr Lavrov said.

Mr Kouchner said there was a need to think about introducing very serious sanctions against Iran.


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