Iran's first nuclear power plant unaffected by Russian weapon ban

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

MOSCOW, Sept. 24 — The construction of Iran's first nuclear power plant in Bushehr will not be affected by a Russian presidential decree banning the weapon delivery to Iran, the Kremlin said Thursday.

"We have never considered any restrictions (on Bushehr plant construction), because the Bushehr project is being implemented under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency," the presidential aide Sergei Prikhodko was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

On Wednesday, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree prohibiting the shipments to Iran of S-300 missile systems as well as armored vehicles, warplanes and helicopters, warships in line with the UN Security Council resolution No.1929.

Also on Thursday, a spokesman of Russian Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) told Xinhua that the Bushehr project will finally be completed by all means.

"Russian president has signed a decree adhering to the sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Force. But since the project Bushehr was pushed out of these sanctions, correspondingly any restrictions under this sanction list do not refer to the project. This project will be accomplished at the end, " the spokesman Sergei Novikov said.

Bushehr is located in one of Iran's hottest districts on the Persian Gulf coast. The plant construction was started in the 1970s by several German companies. They pulled out following a U.S. embargo on high-tech supplies to Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Russia signed a contract with Iran to complete the plant construction in 1998.

The plant's first reactor was started up on Aug. 21.

Western powers suspect Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons despite Tehran's claims that it will be used only for generation of civilian energy. (PNA/Xinhua)

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