Iran to send back waste of Russian fuel to Moscow: MP

IRNA – The waste of the fuel Iran had already received from Russia will be returned to Moscow, a senior Iranian Majlis member said on Friday.

Mojtaba Zol-Nour who is the chairman of the parliament’s Nuclear Committee as a subdivsion of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission made the remarks in reaction to a recent document released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Iran’s low-enriched liquid and solid wastes.

He said though according to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Iran is entitled to keep the nuclear wastes, it is going to return the material to Russia.

According to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), there is no prohibition for the country to keep nuclear waste inside Iran, the MP added.

Noting that the fuel of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is provided from foreign resources, the official said that Russians delivered 84 tons of fuel to Iran in three consignments and simultaneous with the delivery of the fuel they signed an agreement to reclaim its nuclear wastes.

Based on the agreement, he said, Iran will return the nuclear waste resulted from procession of Russia’s nuclear fuel in the Bushehr Nuclear Plant back to Moscow.

No nuclear waste is going to be kept in Bushehr Nuclear Plant the fuel for which is supplied by Russia, the official added.

He noted that according to the JCPOA, Iran can keep inside the country, the nuclear waste resulted from putting the enriched uranium in the fuel cycle for production of fuel pillows, fuel bars and fuel complexes.

The lawmaker went on to reject as baseless the US claim that Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile has surpassed the amount of 300 kilos, reminding that the JCPOA cites no regulations to Iran for keeping nuclear waste inside the country.

Pointing out that the waste produced by the Bushehr Nuclear Plant will be taken back to Russia and the core of Arak Heavy water reactor too has been filled with cement, he said under the present conditions Iran possesses only a trivial amount of nuclear waste reserves.