Iran ready for nuclear power plant cooperation: Rouhani
Press TV -(Mon Sep 23, 2013) Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran is keen on having joint cooperation and preparing the ground for interaction with all countries active in the field of nuclear power plants.
The Iranian president made the remarks in a message on the occasion of the official handover of the first unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant by Russia to Iranian technicians on Monday.
“Despite the delay, the temporary handover phase of the Bushehr power plant begins with God’s grace and [through] bilateral cooperation between Iran and Russia and I congratulate the great Iranian nation on this auspicious event,” President Rouhani said.
He added that Iran is one of the first to have a nuclear power plants in the Muslim world thanks to the efforts of Iranian youth and the country’s strategic policy to develop new sciences.
The Iranian chief executive added that Iran and Russia have been bolstering bilateral ties over the past few decades and emphasized that the Bushehr nuclear power plant is the symbol of cooperation.
Rouhani expressed hope that all countries would make efforts to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, saying, “Like the past, the Islamic Republic of Iran will be a pioneer of achieving this magnificent goal.”
The Bushehr nuclear power plant became officially operational and was connected to Iran’s national grid in September 2011, generating electricity at 40 percent capacity.
The 1,000-megawatt plant, which is operating under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reached its maximum power generation capacity in August 2012.
Iran and Russia have assured the international community that the plant is fully compliant with high-level safety standards and the IAEA safeguards.