'Iran will not have access to enrichment tech in JV'
A top Russian nuclear official said "serious" negotiations are currently underway between Moscow and Tehran on this issue.Updated: Feb 08, 2006 09:19 IST
Iran will not have access to the uranium enrichment technology in the proposed joint venture, a top Russian nuclear official has said as an Iranian team is expected to visit Russia next week.
Russia's proposal about the creation of a joint venture for uranium enrichment on the Russian soil is on the negotiation table and the Iranians are seriously considering it.
Under the Russian proposal, Iran can be the founder of such joint venture, but will not have access to the nuclear technology, Chief of Federal Atomic Energy Agency Sergei Kiriyenko was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS.
He said "serious" negotiations are currently underway between Moscow and Tehran on this issue and a "lot" would depend on the outcome of talks with the Iranian team arriving here on February 16.
Kiriyenko underscored that Russia is ready to support any country's right to gain access to nuclear energy if the non-proliferation regime is strictly observed.
He said that Russia has shown an example of "a complex solution" for the problem of peaceful development of the nuclear energy industry.
Kiriyenko said the Iranian example involved, first and foremost, the establishment of a Russian-Iranian joint venture for uranium enrichment on the Russian territory and the return of spent nuclear fuel from Iran to Russia.
"With the resolution of these two issues, the operation of the Bushehr nuclear power plant becomes completely safe," he said. MORE
First Published: Feb 08, 2006 09:19 IST