Iran dismisses hype on Bushehr plant’s ‘vulnerability’
Press TV -(Mon Jun 10, 2013) Iran has dismissed as “unfounded” expressions of concern by certain countries about the “vulnerability” of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) to natural disasters such as earthquakes.
“The propaganda by certain countries regarding concerns over the security of this power plant is baseless,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a Sunday meeting with visiting head of the Iran-Kuwait Parliamentary Friendship Group Ahmad Abdulmohsen al-Mulaifi.
The Iranian top diplomat added that Iran has applied very high security and technical standards at the facility to ensure the safety of its own citizens, who live in the vicinity of the plant.
On April 9, a strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale struck the town of Kaki, some 90 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital, Bushehr, at a depth of 12 kilometers. Over 35 people were killed and more than 850 others were injured.
The Bushehr NPP, which is located 18 kilometers south of Bushehr and about 160 kilometers away from the quake-stricken region, remained intact.
Officials at Russia’s Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation, a major contractor in charge of the Bushehr plant project, say the power plant has been constructed to withstand an earthquake with a magnitude of even nine on the Richter scale.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Salehi said Iran’s foreign policy is based on the maintenance of peace, stability and security in the region to serve the interests of all regional countries.
Iran also pays due regard to the expansion of ties with regional states based on mutual respect and non-interference in one another’s internal affairs, the foreign minister added.
Pointing to the religious, cultural and historical commonalities between Iran and Kuwait, Salehi described bilateral political ties between Tehran and Kuwait City as excellent, highlighting the need for the further enhancement of mutual ties in various economic and commercial fields.
Al-Mulaifi, for his part, said Tehran and Kuwait enjoy cordial ties and should tap into the numerous potentialities that exist in order to further boost mutual cooperation, especially in economic and trade areas.