On Russia's commitment to Iran nulcear reactors
Iran-USA, Politics, 4/20/2006
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mikhail Kamynin today said that the call of US Undersecretary of State Nicolas Burns on Russia to stop nuclear cooperation with Iran is illegal.
Speaking in reaction to remarks made by Burns, he said that every country is entitled to decide about the states with which they wish to cooperate as well as the procedure of the collaboration.
"Only the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is authorized to decide about ending cooperation with any country as well as on other matters, but the council has not made such a decision about Iran's nuclear program," he added.
Kamynin said that Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is constructed under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and is in accordance with international treaties. It has nothing to do with the country's uranium enrichment process, he added.
"Besides, it is clear to the US that the nuclear reactor of Bushehr Power Plant cannot be used for military purpose, given its technical specifications.
"According to the agreement signed with Iran the nuclear fuel waste of this power plant should be returned to Russia. Thus it will not be possible to be used for military purposes," he added.
The spokesman said that is why Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant has no risk for the nuclear disarmament treaty.
The US Undersecretary Nicolas Burns, who was visiting Moscow, called on Russia Wednesday to stop cooperating with Iran in this project.
Meantime, A number of the Russian state Duma members yesterday said that Russia should support Iran politically against the threats and pressures of the US and West on the pretext of the progress in the country's nuclear sector.
Speaking at Duma open session, Deputy Alexei Mitrofanov called for Moscow's definite support for Iran against the US and the pressures exerted by it on account of Iran's nuclear activities.
Turning to Iran's political, economic and regional cooperation with his country, he called on the Russian government to take decisive measures in order to solve the issue and prevent a new crisis near Russia's borders.
Meanwhile, he called on the government to use Russia's veto right in case the nuclear dossier is to be examined by the UN Security Council and military option as well as sanction against Iran are decided.
Duma member, Tamara Plotnikova, expressed doubt about the correct approach of her country and said, "I am surprised that every country determined to cooperate with Russia faces the US opposition."
The deputy called US administrators "hypocrites and profiteers" and said that the Russian people do not trust in what is declared by the US.
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