Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Suspension of uranium enrichment, an out dated analysis: Saeedi


Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran for International Affairs Mohammad Saeedi on Tuesday referred to some comments about suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment as an "out-dated analysis."

Saeedi made the remarks while commenting on some statements calling for suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment activities after the country received its first shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia.

"After the delivery of the nuclear fuel, new statement have been made to the effect that Iran does no longer need to enrich its uranium," Saeedi said.

He added that delivery of the nuclear fuel was a "success" for the Iranian nation after a long time.

Issue of the nuclear fuel has nothing to do with the issue of Iran's uranium enrichment activities," Saeedi stressed.

Russia delivered the first shipment of nuclear fuel to Iran on Monday for Bushehr power plant in southern Iran which is being built with the help of Russia's Atomstroiexport corporation.

The delivery process will take up to two months to complete, Atomostroiexport said in a statement on Monday.

The company added that the first consignment included a total of 163 main and 17 reserve assemblies of U-235 enriched to 3.62 percent.

Bushehr, the first Iranian nuclear power plant, was supposed to start operation in September 2007.

But the start-up has been delayed and the project remains under construction due to a dispute between Russian contractors and Iran over the terms of payment. --IRNA

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