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Russia’s Nuclear Moves

Posted by K.E. White on May 18, 2007

  • Russia-Iran: Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant On Track

From the Persian Journal:

Bushehr is a contract beneficial for Russia, although it is affected by the Iranian nuclear problem, but we have made a lot of efforts so the Bushehr NPP is not part of the UN Security Council sanctions, and intend to transparently work on this project in accordance with Non-Proliferation Treaty and IAEA Charter. I hope we will complete it,” he said.
The $1-billion project, implemented under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency, came under threat of suspension after Russian contractors said in February that Tehran had only covered 60% of the required funding by the fourth quarter of 2006, and had completely stopped payment in mid-January.

Read more on the Bushehr site here.

In a potentially controversial deal, the centre will include a 10MW light-water reactor and facilities for processing and storing nuclear waste.

It will be monitored by the UN nuclear agency, the IAEA, Rosatom said.

The United States and European Union have imposed sanctions on Burma’s military rulers, whom they accuse of widespread human rights abuses.

With 10MW, running on low enriched uranium, the proposed reactor could not be used for a nuclear weapons programme, says the BBC’s Steven Eke.

But the deal will again raise questions about Russia’s willingness to export nuclear know-how to countries the West considers repressive or hostile, our reporter adds.

Russia‘s nuclear cooperation with Iran – who the US and other nations accuse of trying to develop nuclear weapons – has been a source of tension between Moscow and western nations.

  • Kazakhstan and Russia set up Uranium Enrichment Center

From InformKZ:

MOSCOW. May 18. KAZINFORM – Russia and Kazakhstan have signed an agreement to set up the International Uranium Enrichment Center. The document formalized the two countries’ uranium processing cycle, from the production of uranium ore to its refining into low enriched uranium.

This inordinate event is important not only for Russia and Kazakhstan, but also reflects international interest in uranium enrichment. The establishment of the center creates new opportunities for all countries, including those who do not have nuclear technologies but still want to gain access to reliable nuclear energy.

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