`Iran, Russia peacefully using nuke technology`

Iran and Russia, who are cooperating in the field of nuclear energy, could present a new model for using such technology for peaceful purposes.

Tehran: Iran and Russia, who are cooperating
in the field of nuclear energy, could present a new model for using such technology for peaceful purposes, a top Iranian nuclear agency official said.

"Iran and Russia showed that they can present a new model
for using atom for man`s peace and welfare on the basis of
human commonalities, mutual respect and the two countries`
national interests," Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of
Iran, Fereidoun Abbasi, said.

Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony marking the
official launch of the Bushehr nuclear power plant on Monday,
he said the two countries had expanded their nuclear
cooperation even as they were under immense pressure by those
who don`t favor Iran`s progress and development.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant officially launched
operation on Monday in the ceremony attended by senior
officials of the AEOI, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko
and Head of Russia`s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom)
Sergei Kiriyenko.

Iran`s first nuclear power plant joined the country`s
national grid with an initial 40 per cent of power generation
capacity.

The country had signed a deal with Russia in 1995,
according to which the plant was originally scheduled for
completion in 1999. However, the project was repeatedly
delayed by the Russian side allegedly due to pressure exerted
on Moscow by the United States and its western allies. Russia
finally completed construction of the plant last summer.

Iran started injecting fuel into the core of the plant in
the initial phase of launching the nuclear reactor on October
26.

The second consignment of fuel for it was delivered from
Russia earlier this year.

The facility operates under the full supervision of the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

PTI

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