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5/14/03

No reason to halt construction of nuclear power reactor in Iran

Moscow, May 14, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- There is no reason to halt ongoing construction of a first reactor for the nuclear power plant in Iran, Alexander Rumyantsev, the Russian minister of atomic energy, told Tass.

He said the "Ministry of Atomic Energy closely follows the implementation of the nuclear program of Iran where Russian specialists are assembling the first power-generating set of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant."

"During regular bilateral contacts the Iranian side invariably assures us that Iran's nuclear program is entirely peaceful," the minister said.

Moreover, what is being built by Russian specialists in Iran has already been placed under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Iranian side has made assurances that it intends to place under the IAEA supervision the test installation for isotope enrichment in the city of Natanj as soon as nuclear materials are delivered there.

The minister said that the next session of the IAEA Board of Governors will be held at the IAEA central office in Vienna from June 16 to June 20 and the question of Iran's nuclear program will be one of the items discussed.

He said a special report of the IAEA director-general is being prepared for the session and appropriate recommendations will be drawn from it.

"If the international community adduces weighty arguments contrary to Iran's nuclear program, we will be prepared to discuss them within the IAEA framework," Rumyantsev said.

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