Bushehr nuclear plant built on high safety standards, Mehmanparast
Iran Foreign Minister reassured the safety of Bushehr nuclear power plant adding that the plant is subject to high level safety standards.
"The Bushehr nuclear plant meets high level safety standards and there is no concern for the environment. This has been confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, ILNA reported.
Iran started loading fuel to the 10-year-delayed Bushehr plant in south of the country on Saturday and the reactor will be fully fueled by the end of September.
The plant is expected to produce 500 megawatts of electricity in the initial stage, and its production capacity will increase to 1,000 megawatts in the near future.
Iran says the plant, which is monitored by IAEA inspectors, will be operating in accordance to acceptable safety standards.
Chief of Iran's nuclear security system Nasser Rastkhah on Monday rejected any concerns over the safety of the plant.
He said that all parts produced in the plant have been inspected three times so far, adding that comprehensive tests will be conducted within the next 15-21 days.
"We are attempting to observe the highest security standards in the reactor," he said.
The official also said that a tripartite committee comprising of Iran's nuclear security system, Russia's nuclear security system and contractor of the project has been set up to monitor safety of the plant from different aspects.
Head of Russia's Federal Service for Ecological, Technological and Nuclear Supervision (Rostekhnadzor) Nikolai Kutyin also said on Monday that the plant was totally reliable in terms of its safety.
He said that the plant wouldn't have been fueled if there had been the slightest doubt over its safety.