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9/11/07

Final report on Bushehr power plant to be publicized in 30 days

Tehran, Sept 11, IRNA - Head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (IAEO) Reza Aqazadeh said on Tuesday that the final report on the Bushehr nuclear power plant project would be presented to the public within a month.

The project which is launched jointly with Russia was supposed to be finished 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.

"The construction operation of the Bushehr atomic power plant had a made a 95 percent progress but the contractor (Russia) has faced financial problems," Aqazadeh told reporters on the sidelines of a scientific, nuclear workshop.

"The contractor says it has sustained loss due to prolongation of the project and that continuation of the project as it was agreed upon before is no longer possible for it," Aqazadeh explained.

Stressing that "Iran was not the cause of any delay in the project," the official added, "Iran and Russia was negotiating within the framework of a joint committee."

Aqazadeh expressed hope that the talks would be finalized soon and people would become informed of the project's operation and the issue of its fuel.

Asked if the halt of the construction operations had political reasons, Aqazadeh said, "As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said, his Russian counterpart President vladimir Putin told him in a recent meeting that Moscow policy was to complete the Bushehr nuclear power plant."

The two presidents had met on the sidelines of the Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) last month.

Iran nuclear case should return to Vienna from NY

Aqazadeh said that politicizing the country's nuclear case was a mistake, stressing that the case should return to Vienna from New York.

"Deviating Iran's nuclear case from its technical track and politicizing it was a mistake," Aqazadeh told reporters.

Asked about Tehran's reaction to a third possible resolution against the country, Aqazadeh said, "You should separate political propaganda and media fuss from what is agreed upon on paper.

He was referring to the latest agreements reached between the Iranian officials and their counterparts in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Asked if the IAEA chief, Mohamed ElBaradei, was under fire for his latest report on Iran's nuclear activities, Aqazadeh said, "If they want to find the answers to their outstanding question (about Iran's peaceful nuclear program), they must let the work plan of Tehran and the agency produce an acceptable result.

"We believe that the IAEA should do its technical job," Aqazadeh stressed.

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