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Iranian experts to receive training for nuclear plant in Russia

Moscow, July 2, IRNA -- First deputy managing director of Atom Stroy Export, Igor Prikhidko, here on Wednesday, said that over 700 Iranian experts will be trained in Russia on running the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant.

He told the Russian News Agency, Interfax, that more than half of the Iranian trainees, who have already undergone necessary training, are prepared to leave for Bushehr to take part in installing the first unit of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant.

The Russian official said that the Iranian experts are due to undergo on-job training, once they start working in Bushehr power plant.

"The training will be provided by the Russian company, Atom Stroy Export, in accordance with the agreement already signed between Iran and Russia," he added.

According to Interfax, the power plant will first be put into operation by the Russian specialists, who will be later replaced by Iranian experts.

The first unit of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant worth dlrs 800 million is being constructed by Atom Stroy Export, based on the agreement reached between the governments of Iran and Russia.

Iran to return spent nuclear fuel to Russia

Moscow, July 2, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- A protocol will be signed soon committing Iran to return spent nuclear fuel to Russia, the Russian Foreign Ministry's senior spokesman, Alexander Yakovenko, said here on Tuesday.

Yakovenko told a press briefing that an accord in principle to that effect has been reached and that the protocol will be signed in the shortest possible time.

He said Tehran-Moscow cooperation on the construction of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Iran would continue.

"I do not see causes that could hamper this cooperation," Yakovenko said, adding that "there are no problems on the part of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in this connection."

He further said that Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov had confirmed during his meeting Monday with the president of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), Gholam-Reza Agazadeh, that Russia was committed to its obligations in the Bushehr project.

"It was stressed that this construction is carried out in strict compliance with the provisions of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Ttreaty," Yakovenko said.

He cited Ivanov as saying that Iran's signing the Additional Protocol to the NPT "would be another confirmation of the peaceful character of Iran's nuclear program."

Iran ready to sign Additional Protocol to NPT if signing made mandatory on others

Moscow, July 2, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Tehran is ready to sign the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but only in "the atmosphere of transparency and confidence between signatories to the document," the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO), Gholam Reza Aqazadeh, told Russia's Itar-Tass and Channel 1 on Tuesday.

"This should not regarded as extra conditions on the part of Iran," he said, adding that "We want all sides to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty to abide by their commitments."

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