"We believe that it is necessary to sign this document," added Aqazadeh.
At the same time, the Iranian vice-president noted, "the Iranian side is interested to concretise the obligations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Iran."
According to the official, they should be "concrete, transparent and reflected in the documents."
Aqazadeh stressed that Iran is seeking to hold talks with the IAEA director general and its Board of Governors on the transparency of the obligations, noting that over the last six months, IAEA experts have visited Iranian nuclear facilities.
"The IAEA has put forward excessively stringent requirements before us compared to other member-countries of this international structure," Aqazadeh said.
At present, about 80 states have signed the additional protocol to the NPT, and the protocol has come into effect in 35 countries.
Under the additional protocol, the IAEA can conduct sudden inspections and can establish control over all nuclear activity aspects in any country.
IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei is expected to pay an official visit to Iran to study its nuclear program.
Moscow considers complaints in connection with the construction of a nuclear power plant in Bushehr as "unfair competition and attempts to make Russia leave the Iranian energy market", Rumyantsev added.
He denied that Russia allegedly supplies nuclear technologies to Iran, pointing out that some 60 inspections that have been conducted by the IAEA at Iranian nuclear facilities show "no other cooperation exists."
Iran-Russia cooperation in the nuclear field, Rumyantsev pointed out, is of a peaceful nature.
After holding talks with Russian Atomic Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev, Aqazadeh said, "In accordance with the inter-governmental agreement on cooperation in the atomic field between Russia and Iran, the ownership right to supplied nuclear fuel belongs to the Iranian side.
"This is why it is necessary to sign a new agreement for the return of fuel," Aqazadeh said.
The agreement will become effective "after the two sides sign an additional protocol to return the spent nuclear fuel from the nuclear power plant in Bushehr," Rumyantsev added.
Russia will supply one load of 500 kilos of nuclear fuel from its storage in Siberia for the experimental launch of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr and 10 loads of 500 kilos of nuclear fuel for the operation of the plant, the minister pointed out.
Under the agreement, he stressed, Iran is to return the spent nuclear fuel to Russia, which will then be processed at Russian enterprises.
According to Rumyantsev, a supplement to the inter-governmental agreement on Russia-Iran nuclear cooperation "is ready and meets all necessary requirements".
Once the study of the document being carried out by environmental specialists is over, the agreement will be signed, he added.
"Thus, there are no obstacles for Russian nuclear fuel supplies for the nuclear power plant in Bushehr," the minister emphasized.
Fuel to be sent to Bushehr was manufactured and is stored at the Novosibirsk chemical concentrates plant, TVEL president Alexander Nyago told Itar-Tass.
At the same time, Rumyantsev said Moscow considers complaints in connection with the construction of a nuclear power plant in Bushehr as "unfair competition and attempts to make Russia to leave the Iranian energy market".
He denied that Russia allegedly supplies nuclear technologies to Iran. About 60 inspections conducted by the IAEA at Iranian nuclear facilities showed that "no other cooperation exists", the minister stressed.
Russia-Iran cooperation in the nuclear field is of peaceful nature, Rumyantsev pointed out.
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