Iran invites GCC experts to visit Bushehr plant

January 16, 2014 - 4:59:53 am

A picture taken on October 26, 2010 shows the reactor building at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant

TEHRAN: Iran’s nuclear chief said yesterday that experts from Arab neighbours across the Gulf, concerned about the safety of Iran’s sole nuclear power plant, are welcome to visit the facility, IRNA news agency reported.

“We are ready for the visit of nuclear experts of Gulf countries to Bushehr nuclear power plant,” Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying when asked how Tehran would tackle their worries.

Gulf Arab countries have often raised concern over Bushehr’s reliability and the risk of radioactive leaks in case of a major earthquake, as well as a possible military dimension to Iran’s nuclear drive. “We... again express our readiness, for consultation between our country’s experts and the experts from Gulf countries, so that they can hold scientific and technical talks on the Bushehr power plant’s safety issues,” Salehi said.

He also suggested establishing a regional nuclear cooperation body so that “all these doubts will be addressed scientifically”. Bushehr, which produces 1,000 megawatts, came into service in 2011 after several delays blamed on technical problems. AFP

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