Azerbaijan, Baku, August 13 / Trend N. Umid, S. Isayev
Bushehr nuclear power plant's first phase will be officially launched and delivered to Iran in a few weeks, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Araqchi said, Mehr news agency reported.
Araqchi also noted that Iran and Russia have talked about building other nuclear power plants in Iran.
Back in July, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the Iran-Russia talks regarding construction of new power plant in Iran have already taken place.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said during his last conference on August 11 that Iran and Russia have signed a new memorandum about building nuclear power plants.
It should be recalled that, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on August 6 that Iran-Russia had general primary meetings about building new NPPs.
Rouhani also said that Iran has an option of purchasing NPPs from other countries, including Russia, with whom Iran has already negotiated on the issue.
Construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr was started in 1974 by the German Kraftwerk Union AG (Siemens / KWU) concern.
In August 1992, an agreement was signed between the Governments of Russia and Iran on the construction of a nuclear power plant, and in January 1995 a contract was signed in order to complete the construction of the first power unit of the plant.
Physical start of Bushehr nuclear plant began under the control of the IAEA on August 21, 2010, when the delivery of the nuclear fuel to the reactor compartment station was carried out.
In May 2011, the works on bringing the nuclear steam generating plant to the minimum controlled level of power were carried out on the power unit.
The West suspects Iran is seeking the capability to develop nuclear weapons behind the facade of an atomic energy programme.
Bushehr is not considered a major proliferation risk by Western states, whose fears are focused on sites where Iran has defied global pressure and Russian-approved U.N. sanctions by enriching uranium beyond levels needed to fuel power plants.
Iran says its nuclear programme is a peaceful bid to generate electricity and to produce medical isotopes.
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