°
Newark

In Iran said about the ability to provide themselves with nuclear fuel without Russia

Iran is able to provide itself with nuclear fuel and without Russia, said the official representative of the organization of atomic energy of Iran (AEOI) behrouz of Kamalvandi.

At the end of April from Russia on the site of the Bushehr nuclear power plant was delivered a fresh batch of nuclear fuel required for the further successful functioning of the reactor.

He also described the reconfiguration of the reactor in Arak, which involved great Britain and China (the reactor needs to be converted in such a way that it cannot be used for producing weapons-grade plutonium), saying that the US sanctions and the situation with the implementation of the nuclear deal has affected the process that he is calm, but goes.

"We are unhappy with the speed they could go faster and better," said Kamalvandi.

Earlier, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the United States cease all exceptions from sanctions for Iranian peaceful nuclear energy, not counting the 1-th unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant for which the exclusion is extended for 90 days. This is one of the final cuts imposed on Iran in compliance with nuclear deal in 2015.

In turn, Deputy Secretary for non-proliferation Christopher Ford said that Washington today is satisfied with the work of a nuclear reactor in Bushehr, Iran, but will assess the feasibility of extending the exceptions from the sanctions every 90 days.

In addition, according to him, the US is interested in maintaining the supply chain of fuel for it with subsequent export to "to ensure that Iran has no reason to talk about the need for enrichment for Bushehr and there is no way to use spent fuel in order to distinguish him plutonium".

The construction of NPP "Bushehr" is the largest Russian-Iranian project. The General Director of nuclear power Corporation Alexey Likhachev, the TV channel "Russia 24" said that the construction of a Rosatom nuclear power plants abroad is on schedule on the background of the situation with coronavirus.

In November 2014 Russia and Iran signed a contract for the construction of the second and third power units of the Bushehr nuclear power plant on a "turnkey". The groundbreaking ceremony of the project "Bushehr-2" was held on 10 September 2016. On blocks 2 and 3 will operate the reactor plant of the Russian project VVER-1000 meets the highest safety requirements. The total capacity of two new units - 2.1 thousand MW. Implementation of the project "Bushehr-2" is expected to take 10 years.