Salehi:

Hungary allocates €85mn to finance joint projects with Iran

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TEHRAN, Apr. 09 (MNA) – AEOI Head Ali Akbar Salehi, while pointing to Tehran-Budapest cooperation over designing small power plants, said Hungarian banks were ready to fund joint projects worth up to 85 million euros.

Speaking on the sidelines of an MoU-signing ceremony on Saturday with the visiting Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary Zsolt Semjén, Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi one provision of the agreement pertained to designing small-sized power stations.

He expressed satisfaction towards Hungary’s measures in cooperation with Iran adding “one sign of good relations between the two sides is awarding 100 scholarships to the Iranian students interested in studying in the European country.”

Salehi reiterated that Hungarian banks had voiced readiness to allocate 85 million Euro to fund joint projects with Iran; “the European Union (EU) has also agreed to back mutual investments,” he added.

The official, while stressing that effective steps have been taken to expand bilateral ties between the two countries, expressed hope that exiting ties will be boosted in the future.

AEOI head said following implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the two countries can observe expansion of collaborations in safety, educational, scientific, professional and power plant building fields.

He went on to refer to joint experiences of both countries in construction of nuclear power plants recalling that proper venues existed for mutual cooperation between the two sides.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that three nuclear projects were to go on stream on Iran's National Nuclear Technology Day coinciding with April 09.

Speaking to reporters, he said the country’s achievements in the sector reveled 50% growth last year as compared with the corresponding period the year before.

He divulged no information on the projects to be unveiled today while saying “these projects will become operational in provinces of Ghazvin, Alborz and Yazd and will be inaugurated by President Hassan Rouhani through video conference.”

In addition to these inauguration ceremonies, an exclusive exhibition will also convene on activities of AEOI in the previous year.

On the allegations leveled by the US president on Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, he said “during nuclear talks with 5+1, some in the US were against such negotiations and Trump for many times had disagreed with the issue and even once very roughly said that he would put it aside, but realities are different on the ground.”

“The nuclear deal is not between Iran and the US, but it is an international agreement and one single country cannot ignore it though they can create obstacles,” said Salehi asserting that the Islamic Republic of Iran was ready for all scenarios though such a need will never come by.

Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will be to benefit of the international community and there is no need to abolish a deal which meets interests of all parties, underlined Salehi advise the US to mull over consequences of their measures.

Ali Akbar Salhi underscored that “needless to say, Iran has adopted a very rational approach and never takes action on sentiments by pursuing path of rationality.”

“We want the JCPOA to remain untouched,” he said.

On sales of heavy water, he said a number of negotiations had been held with European companies and they had called for a remarkable volume of Iran’s heavy water though the European Union first needs to provide the members with the license to purchase the product.

“For instance, it had been agreed that Iran imports some 900 tons of uranium from Kazakhstan over three years, but the deal was rejected by England in its final phases,” maintained the official reiterating that Iran would follow the issue up and regard it as a legitimate demand.

“When five countries agree on something, one side will never be able to oppose the deal oppose it and we think it is not suitable and are determined to follow it up,” he continued.

AEOI head said “I do not mean to judge the action as violation of the JCPOA or not, but it should be examined in the special committee in charge of sound implementation of the JCOPA and its legal procedures should be assessed and if they deem it as violation of the deal, we will take proper actions.”

“We consider the move as a break of promise since five countries have agreed on it and only Britain changed its minds on the last spots to cause barriers,” he said.

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