IAEA Approves Russian N. Fuel for Iran

A02948331.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The UN nuclear watchdog has approved the quality of Russian nuclear fuel due to be delivered to an Iranian nuclear power plant.

The Bushehr plant, currently being built by Russia in the south of Iran, will be the Islamic Republic’s sole nuclear power plant upon its eventual completion.

During a November 26-30 inspection at a Siberian chemical plant, experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Russian nuclear specialists checked and sealed nuclear fuel containers set for delivery to Iran.

“Inspection of fuel rod arrays confirmed the enrichment of uranium-235 to lower than 5 percent, and there have been no complaints about the quality of nuclear fuel and its storage conditions by IAEA inspectors,” said Konstantin Grabelnikov, deputy general director of the Novosibirsk Chemical Concentrates Plant.

He said the fuel would be dispatched once it was required and the relevant instructions were received.

During his visit to Tehran in October, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured Tehran that Russia would complete the construction of the Bushehr plant. The statement came after repeated delays in the $1 billion project.

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