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2/1/05

Russia has chance to participate in building new nuclear plants in Iran

Moscow, Feb 1, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Russia has "a big chance of participating in implementing new projects for building nuclear power stations in Iran," said Iranian Ambassador to Russia Gholam Reza Shafei on Tuesday.

"Judging by Russia's experience in building the Bushehr nuclear power plant, I believe that all the prerequisites for this are present," he added.

According to the ambassador, "Tehran plans to boost production of electricity by another 6,000 megawatts."

"Nobody doubts the need for implementing projects of building new nuclear power stations since Iran has not very much natural resources such as minerals," the diplomat emphasized.

Russia and Iran are "continuing (their) cooperation in the construction of the Bushehr power station and it will be put into operation on schedule in 2006," the ambassador reported.

"It will be necessary to fulfill all stages of work before the final commissioning of the project."

Iran is ready to sign a document for the return of spent nuclear waste to Russia, assured Shafei.

According to the ambassador, "as a result of talks on this question, the head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency, Alexander Rumyantsev, will visit Iran late in February."

The ambassador noted that "Tehran is also ready to sign a commercial document on this question."

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