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Russia ships nuclear fuel to Iran for Bushehr power plant

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 (ISNA)-Russia has delivered the first Bushehr power plant nuclear fuel shipment to Iran, announced Russia's atomic energy agency and the country's foreign ministry.

The shipment has been sealed by the IAEA and will be stored in Bushehr station under this organization's supervision.

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Kislyak said on Monday that the IAEA was in full control of Iran's nuclear activities and that Iran would not be able to obtain high enriched uranium even if there was doubt about Tehran's intention of the nuclear program while the IAEA was in Iran.

He also added that he was uncertain about the NIE's report that said Iran had had military purposes in its nuclear program before 2003.

Also an Iranian official stated that the first fuel delivery weights 82 Tones.

Delivering Iran's first nuclear fuel important and effective: Aghazade

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 (ISNA)-Delivering Iran's first nuclear power plant fuel to this country will have a great impact on the process of resolving Iran's nuclear dossier, noted the head of Iran's atomic energy agency Reza Aghazade.

"Delivering this power plant fuel was an important and outstanding act which is very effective in this period of time," he added.

The foundation of this development (the delivery of the fuel) was resolving Iran's issues with the IAEA that proved Iran was truthful regarding its past, he said.

Aghazade explained that the IAEA report assured Iran's nuclear partners that the program was only for peaceful purposes according to the IAEA regulations.

He continued that the first shipment is to be used for the first load of the station reactor.

He also noted that the operation of the first reactor will result in activation of the next projects.

Bushehr's electricity to be sent to national power grid next year

Tehran, Dec 17, IRNA - The electricity to be generated by Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran will be sent to the power grid next year, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Reza Aqazadeh said on Monday.

95 percent of construction work on the project have been completed, Aqazadeh told reporters.

Bushehr nuclear power plant is the first Iranian nuclear power plant being constructed with the assistance of Russia's Atomstroiexport corporation.

The 1,000-megawatt station was to become operational last September. But the start-up has been delayed and the project remains under construction due to a dispute between Russian contractors and Iran over the terms of payment.

Russia sent first shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran on Monday.

The delivery process will take up to two months to complete, Atomostroiexport said.

A total of 163 main and 17 reserve assemblies of U-235 enriched to 3.62 percent would be delivered for the first loading, the company added.

Bushehr nuclear power plant is to start generating electricity approximately six months after the first delivery of fuel.

Russian Foreign Ministry stressed in a statement that the deliveries were being made under control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and that the spent fuel from Bushehr would be "returned to Russia for reprocessing and storage."

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