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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Russia's nuclear chief to visit Iran on Sunday

Russia's nuclear power chief will visit Iran to prepare the nuclear fuel of the joint Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Sergei Kiriyenko will arrive in Tehran on Sunday for talks with officials of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, the news agency said.

Kiriyenko is also scheduled to go to the Persian Gulf port of Bushehr and inspect the latest developments in the plant there.

Iran's Atomic Energy Organization head Gholam-Reza Aqazadeh said the Russian side was committed to launching the Bushehr plant as scheduled.

Russia finished delivery of 82 tonnes of low-enriched uranium for the plant's light-water reactor in January, and Kiriyenko said in June that nuclear fuel operations would start this year.

The Iran-Russia joint project was originally supposed to be completed at the beginning of the millennium but has been delayed at least five times for various reasons.

(Source: NDTV.com)

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