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Iran says ready to sign protocol on nuke fuel return with Russia

Iran's Ambassador to Russia Gholam-Reza Shafe said in Moscow on Thursday that Tehran is ready to sign an additional protocol with Russia on the return of nuclear fuel from the Bushehr power plant, IRNA reported.

Shafei told reporters that Iran is currently prepared for signing the protocol, stressing however that Russia had reportedly developed some legal problems concerning the ecological aspects of the return of spent nuclear fuel.

He said the text of the document has already been agreed on by the two sides.

"Iran's signing the protocol never conveys its fear and worry," Shafei stressed. "Rather it manifests Tehran's good-will toward the international community."

He added that Iran-Russia cooperation in various enterprises, including the nuclear technology, embraces international laws, and rejected reports that Russian officials are worried about Tehran-Moscow nuclear cooperation.

Shafei confirmed that Iran has uranium deposits, stressing though that the issue was nothing new.

"There are deposits of uranium in Iran. The country has built uranium enrichment and heavy water production facilities, but they have produced nothing yet," he said.

Shafei further stressed that Iran's facilities in that connection are closely supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Iranian envoy said that Tehran intends to use the Russian nuclear fuel for a period of ten years over the first phase of the Bushehr Plant, stressing that Iran is currently developing the early stages to attain the capability to produce the fuel.

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