Egypt president Mursi to visit Bushehr nuclear plant

A senior Iranian lawmaker says Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will visit Bushehr nuclear facilities on the sideline of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.

Mansour Haqiqatpour, member of Iran’s Majlis Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, said on Sunday that Tehran was prepared for a visit by the NAM heads of state to Natanz, Isfahan and Bushehr nuclear facitlites.

“One of Iran’s programs on the sidelines of the NAM summit is inviting heads of state to visit Iran’s nuclear facilities,” Haqiqatpour said.

The 16th summit of the NAM member states kicked off in the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Sunday.

At the opening ceremony of the NAM expert-level meeting, Iran assumed the rotating presidency of the movement for three years.

Egypt’s Ambassador to the United Nations Moataz Khalil formally handed over the presidency of the NAM to Iran.

“The visit is line with countering propaganda against the Islamic Republic and their baseless claims about Iran’s attempts to obtain nuclear program,” the Iranian lawmaker added.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating diversion in Tehran’s nuclear energy program toward military purposes.

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