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Russia stresses continuation of nuclear cooperation with Iran

Russian Atomic Energy Ministry said in Moscow on Wednesday it would continue nuclear cooperation with Iran despite the negative propaganda of the West, IRNA reported.

Talking to IRNA, Russian Atomic Energy Ministry spokesman Nikolai Shingarev said bilateral cooperation between Iran and Russia continues at a high level.

"Currently, the operations to complete and launch Bushehr nuclear power plant are going ahead according to schedule," he said. He stressed that nuclear cooperation between Iran and Russia is in the interest of the two countries, adding that bilateral cooperation would have a promising prospect if there were no political obstacle.

"There are no obstacles in the way of bilateral cooperation since Iran has repeatedly announced it does not follow military goals in its nuclear programs," Shingarez added.

The official noted that nuclear cooperation between Iran and Russia is within the framework of regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which is currently making progress. "Russia can participate in construction of other units of Bushehr nuclear power plant and establishment of new power plants in Iran after completing and launching the first unit of this power plant," he added.

He further stated that Russia can play an active role in Iran`s scientific research in nuclear fields including the application of nuclear technology in medical sciences.

The spokesman said Iranian experts have great skills and are able to perform their scientific research independently and play an active and successful role in international scientific arena. He noted that Iran and Russia will sign the additional agreement on construction of Bushehr nuclear power plant regarding supply of the power plant`s needed fuel and return of its waste fuel in the near future.

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