Tehran and Moscow to continue nuclear cooperation
The spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi announced on Thursday that Iran and Russia will continue their cooperation in the field of peaceful civilian nuclear energy.
Iran Press/ Iran: In an interview with Russia's Sputnik News Agency, answering a question on the latest developments in nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Moscow, Kamalvandi said Russia has always supported Iran's stances during Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiations, IRNA reported.
He added: "Cooperation between the two countries is excellent, and is continuing in the nuclear field. In addition to constructing a 1,000-megawatt electricity-generating power plant which is currently operational, two other 1,000-megawatt power plants are currently under construction."
Kamalvandi said with regards to production of sustainable isotopes and nuclear fuel, the two countries are cooperating well, and recently the two sides had negotiations concerning cooperation in small and medium size power plants.
He added that Iran's Vice-President and Head of AEOI Ali Akbar Salehi and Director General of State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom Alexei Likhachev had very useful and successful talks in Vienna on the sidelines of the 62nd meeting of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Rosatom had participated in construction of the first nuclear power plant in Bushehr and now is also participating in construction of second and third nuclear power plants.
Rosatom is one of the largest companies of the Russian Federation and the largest taxpayer of the country. It brings together nuclear power and power engineering assets, as well as NPP (nuclear power plant) design and construction. It is the largest electricity generating company in Russia, producing 202.868 bln kWh of electricity in 2017 (196.366 bln kWh in 2016) or 18.9% of the country’s total generation of electricity. It holds first place for the largest portfolio of foreign construction projects (36 NPP Units in 12 countries).
Earlier on Sep 17, 2018, Rosatom’s CEO Alexey Likhachev in the meeting with the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi called for deepening bilateral cooperation in different sections of atomic energy industry.
Furthermore, on Sep 13, 2018, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharibabadi who was addressing an IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna said on Wednesday that if JCPOA is to survive, then Iran should also benefit from the agreement, through appropriate practical measures.
US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement, which was reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - plus Germany.
IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has continuously stressed that Iran is living up to its commitments made under the 2015 international nuclear deal to the point that he has said on July 4, 2018 that the agency will continue its cooperation with Iran regardless of US withdrawal of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Russia is also cooperating with Iran to change functional work of Fordow nuclear site in the framework of the JCPOA.
Fordow facilities locates 32 km northeast of the Iranian city of Qom, near Fordow village.