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Iran has no debt to Russia for Bushehr power plant: FM Spokesman

Tehran, July 30, IRNA - Iran has met all its commitments to Russia for the Bushehr nuclear power plant and has no debt to Moscow in this regard, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said on Monday.
Speaking to domestic and foreign reporters at his weekly press briefing, he said what was mentioned by Russia "could be discussed within the framework of Tehran-Moscow talks.
"Iran has said that all demands of the Russian side are negotiable during their talks," stressed the spokesman.
He made the remarks commenting on recent claims of Russia that Iran has failed to fulfill its financial commitments on Bushehr project in southwestern Iran.
The project was due to be started up in September 2007 but its construction operation was halted earlier this year over claims made by the Russian side that Iran was not paying its bills for the project.
"Iran has always stressed that it would be in the interest of Russia not to waste the time and speed up the completion of the power plant," Hosseini said.
Stressing that on construction of Bushehr nuclear power plant Iran "has not put all its eggs in one basket," the spokesman said that talks have been underway between Iranian and Russian officials "to follow up technical issues."
Noting that a team of Iranian experts are due to visit Russia in near future, Hosseini rejected reports that Iran's Under-Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Javad Vaeedi was to visit Moscow.
"The report is not correct," Hosseini said.
Commenting on Russia's reported opposition to transferring Iran's natural gas to Europe, the spokesman said "No official stand has been announced in this regard."
US arms offer aimed to "spread fear among regional states"

Hosseini said that US offers of arms supply to the regional countries aimed at spreading fear and worries among these countries.

Hosseini made the remarks during his weekly press briefing with domestic and foreign reporters.

He said such offers were being made on the eve of visits to the region by the US secretaries of defense and state.

"The region needs peace, stability and security," Hosseini stressed.

Iran has mechanisms to reduce effects of sanctions

Iran has formulated several mechanisms to reduce or make up for the effects of anti-Iran sanctions,  Hosseini said.

He added, "Iran has formulated several mechanisms to counter those effects by forming technical and economic committees." As for the latest agreements reached by Iran and the

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the spokesman said the agreements led into strengthening of a trend of rationalism and realism among the 5+1 Group member states and those who follow up Tehran's nuclear negotiations with the UN nuclear watchdog.

He said "Adoption of (anti-Iran) resolutions would only complicate and politicize the situation and make reaching any solution difficult."

Asked about the time and venue of the third round of talks between Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, and the European Union Foreign Policy chief, Javier Solana, the spokesman said:

"Consultations are underway to fix the time and venue of the talks."

'Timeout' plan not accepted by Iran
Secretary of Iran's National Security Council Ali Larijani has not accepted the 'timeout' plan proposed by the UN nuclear watchdog chief on Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, Hosseini said.

"Mr. Larijani has not accepted the 'timeot' plan. He just gave some explanations about it saying if the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, is serious about the plan, he could raise it during Iran-IAEA talks for more discussions," Hosseini said.

"The place to discuss subjects like the 'timeout' plan is during (Iran's nuclear) negotiations (with the IAEA) and this is Iran's stand in this regard," the spokesman stressed.

He added that the plan should be reviewed within the framework of Iran's negotiations with the UN nuclear watchdog over Tehran's peaceful nuclear activities.

Reports on S.Korea travel ban to Iran dismissed
Hosseini dismissed recent reports that South Korea had banned its nationals from travelling to Iran.

"The reports were not confirmed by any South Korean officials," Hosseini said at his weekly press briefing for domestic and foreign reporters.

He added, "Seoul is continuing its previous stand vis-a-vis Iran considering the country as one of the world's safest places for tourism."

Hosseini's comments were made in reference to some recent media reports that South Korea had banned its nationals from travelling to Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia calling them "unsafe" places after a group of its citizens had recently faced problems in Afghanistan.

"The reports were released by one of the South Korean media but were not confirmed by any officials of the country," Hosseini said.

Commenting on Iran-Egypt relations, the spokesman said, "Nothing new has happened in this connection and our stands are the same that we announced before."

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