Spent fuel from Bushehr will be taken back: Russia

By RIA Novosti

Moscow : Russia said Wednesday that nuclear fuel Moscow has pledged to supply to a nuclear power plant being built in Iran will be returned to Russia and will not end up in wrong hands.

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Russia is building Bushehr, Iran's first nuclear power plant, under a 1995 agreement in the south of the Islamic Republic, which has been in the focus of international attention over its controversial nuclear research program. Western nations and Israel suspect Tehran of concealing a weapons program, but Iran says it needs to enrich uranium for energy.

"I would like to reiterate that Russia is very serious about adhering to its international obligations in nuclear non-proliferation and will never compromise on this issue," Anatoly Kotelnikov, deputy head of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Power (Rosatom), told a news conference.

He said a Russian delegation had recently visited Bushehr and remained convinced that security and safety measures at the construction site were effective and fully met all international requirements.

Since 2004, Russia has repatriated spent fuel from Soviet-built nuclear plants and nuclear research facilities in several countries, including Germany, Serbia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Libya, Latvia, Poland and Uzbekistan.