Mr. Behrouz Kamalvandi’s entourage to Moscow discussed with Russian officials building of other nuclear power plants. Kamalvandi told Iran’s state news agency IRNA on Thursday that JCPOA had lifted all hurdles on the way of Iran-Russia nuclear cooperation; “sanctions had severely limited Iran’s scope in working with other countries; after JCPOA however, we could managed to improve our level of cooperation with Russia, a major contractor in Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant; political cordial relations also have provided brighter horizons for nuclear program Iran have been seeking to achieve,” he added.
“Iranian side made proposals that Iranian domestic contribution in building power plants be increased along with Russian contractors working in Iran; this is a priority in line with the general policy to improve indigenous capabilities; now Iranian contractors carry out almost 25 per cent of the contract operation,” Kamalvandi said. “In terms of technical matters, domestic companies have been assigned 10 per cent of the project.”
Kamalvandi believed Russian technical know-how paralleled the world’s most advanced nuclear power plant giants and that the country actively contributed to power plant projects in China and India, as two emerging industrial economies in Asia; “in meetings with Alexei Likhachev, head of Rosatom and his deputy Nikolai Spassky where Mr. Mehdi Senaei also attended, we addressed post-JPOA situation in Iran-Russia nuclear cooperation; we also addressed possible timetables for new nuclear power plant slated to be built in Iran,” he added.
“Russia will also participate in establishing of a two cascades of stable isotopes in Fordow nuclear facility; stable isotopes are rare in the market since production of these isotopes requires cutting-edge technology; if we succeed in doing the feat, we will be the 4th country in the world with exclusive access to the technology,” AEOI told IRNA.
Mr. Kamalvandi’s visit to Moscow highlights the first anniversary of JCPOA implementation and seeks to address important aspects of the nuclear industry in Iran and possible Russian contribution.