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US admits Iran N plant for civilian ends

21 August 2010 17:53

Following the inauguration of the Bushehr power plant, Washington has acknowledged that the Iranian nuclear facility carries no risk of proliferation.

Iran began injecting fuel into the Bushehr power plant on Saturday with the attendance of UN inspectors.

“We recognize that the Bushehr reactor is designed to provide civilian nuclear power and do not view it as a proliferation risk,” AFP quoted State Department spokesman Darby Holladay as saying on Saturday.

Holladay, however, repeated the claim made by White House Spokesman Robert Gates that launching the Bushehr power plant “underscores that Iran does not need an indigenous enrichment capability if its intentions are purely peaceful,” since Russia is providing fuel for the plant.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi rejected the claim, saying, “Suppose we receive the required nuclear fuel for the plant from the Russians for the next ten years, what are we going to do for the next 30 to 50 years?”

Head of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi has said Tehran pursues enrichment to provide fuel for its power plants, “because the West cannot be trusted, and Germany, France and the US have not met their commitments in this regard.”

Iranian officials say they expect to use nuclear-generated electricity two or three months following the fuel launch of the plant.

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