‘Bushehr is world’s safest nuclear power plant’

April 11, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, has said the Bushehr nuclear power plant has the highest level of safety compared to the world’s other nuclear facilities.

Speaking during a televised program on Saturday night, Soltanieh stated that no incident like the one that occurred at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant will ever happen at the Bushehr plant.
Several explosions hit different units of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing a radiation leak after a massive earthquake struck Japan in March.
Soltanieh said the Fukushima incident was a “hydrogen explosion”, which happened due to the geographical conditions of the plant and before it turned into a nuclear explosion, it was brought under control.
There are over 300 reactors and 444 nuclear plants in 30 countries, he said, adding that only three of them have experienced serious incidents, with the Fukushima incident being the latest.
He said Iran possesses nuclear expertise, part of which has been attained through research carried out at the Tehran nuclear research reactor over the past forty years.
Elsewhere in his remarks, he pointed to Iran’s nuclear talks with the West, saying that negotiation is different than confrontation and Tehran is always ready to hold talks based on interaction and mutual respect.
The general atmosphere at the IAEA is in Iran’s favor, and there are close interactions between Iran and the majority of members, especially those from developing countries, he added.