Nuclear chief: Agreement with Russia gives Iran upper hand in talks with powers

TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi stressed that the recent agreement between Tehran and Moscow on the construction of two new nuclear power plants for Iran would further strengthen the country’s stance in the nuclear talks with the six world powers.

Salehi said in a televised interview that the recent agreement between Iran and Russia for construction of two power plants and the protocol to produce nuclear fuel in Iran “will make our stances stronger in talks with Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany”.

Reacting to certain reports by Western media about transfer of Iran’s produced fuel to Russia , he said rumors that Iran agreed to transfer its fuel to Russia or other countries, or is negotiating on the issue, are not correct. “There is no reason to send our fuel to Russia,” Salehi added.

The top nuclear officials of Iran and Russia in a meeting in Moscow earlier this month signed an agreement on the construction of two new nuclear power plants for Iran.

The agreement was signed by Salehi and Head of Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation Sergey Kiriyenko in the Russian capital.

Upon arrival in the Russian capital, Salehi told reporters that he is also due to “discuss mechanisms for nuclear fuel swaps” with the Russian side.

By Fars News Agency

 

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