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Parliament plans to increase Iran's Atomic Energy Organization budget

Nuclear Program Materials 22 November 2019 12:45
Parliament plans to increase Iran's Atomic Energy Organization budget

TEHRAN, Iran, Nov.22

Trend:

It's possible that Iranian parliament will increase the budget for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said Iranian MP.

Sakineh Almasi discussed the possible budget increase in next Iranian year (begins March 21, 2020) in an interview with Trend.

"Considering that nuclear energy is the country's ordinary need, the parliament's energy commission has held negotiations with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on increase of the budget," Almasi said.

"The budget figure should be suggested by the Atomic Energy Organization. It has not been decided yet how much will be allocated to the organization," the MP added.

Iran's parliament has approved $95 million credit bill for the construction of Bushehr Nuclear Plant in the current Iranian year (began March 21, 2019) budget plan.

"Bushehr Nuclear Plant needs $285 million for fuel and spare parts, and I wonder how can we obtain the amount of $190 million," said Salehi.

Earlier, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi has previously objected to the organization's low of budget.

The spokesman for AEOI Behrouz Kamalvandi also raised the issue related to Busher Nuclear Plant budget.

"There is a concern over lack of sufficient credit in the current budget plan; this situation threatens to lead to closure of the [Bushehr] plant," he said.

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