Iran urged to boost nuke safety review after quake

Last Updated: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 18:50

Riyadh: The head of the Gulf states` main political bloc is urging Iran to join an international accord on nuclear safety following an earthquake near the country`s lone energy-producing reactor.

Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, opened a meeting today in Riyadh to discuss nuclear safety issues after last week`s 6.1 magnitude quake about 96 kilometres southeast of Bushehr, the site of Iran`s reactor.
The quake killed at least 37 people. Iran says there was no damage to the reactor and insists it was built to withstand far stronger quakes.
Al-Zayani urged Iran to join the UN`s Convention on Nuclear Safety, which allows greater review by the UN`s atomic watchdog agency. But Iran is part of other UN pacts to report any nuclear accidents.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013 - 18:50

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