Monday, October 18, 2004

Iran, well-prepared for any scenario over nuclear program

Description of Selected News: "Iran, well-prepared for any scenario over nuclear program

TEHRAN (IRNA) -- Government spokesman Abdollah Ramezanzadeh said on Monday that he believes that Iranian case will not be referred to the UN Security Council.

Talking to reporters he said Iran is well-prepared beforehand for any scenario in this respect.

He said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is fully aware of the Iranian nuclear program and the specialized agency has taken for granted that its safeguards are observed in Iranian nuclear sites.

Iran signed additional protocol to Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which grants unlimited access to the IAEA inspectors to ensure that the agency's safeguards are being observed in Iranian nuclear sites.

Iran has stood strongly against the Western double-standard policy which ignores the Iranian nation's rights as stipulated in the NPT to generate electricity from nuclear energy.

Iran has a complete fuel cycle to produce fuel for power plant. Western countries which have forged monopoly on nuclear technology in the past four decades see Iran as a market for exporting fuel while Iran says that it is not economical for it to import fuel. -Ramezanzadeh expounds on cabinet's recent ratifications

Ramezanzadeh expounded on the recent ratifications of the cabinet.

He said that based on the cabinet's approval, the Medical Insurance Organization will be provided with its 60-billion-rial budget deficit for extension of validity of the medical treatment booklets for 150,000 disabled.

Meanwhile, based on another cabinet ratification, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance is authorized to guarantee the reimbursement of medium and long-term credits financed by foreign investors via banking system for various domestic projects.

"Up to 2.51 million euros will be financed for purchasing meat and potato processing machinery. The project on financing the water supply of the city of Kerman will receive up to 118.475 million euros.

"Meanwhile, a credit 164 million dollars will be allocated to another project on electronic and mechanical systems required for engineering services for development of northern Tehran Metro lines," he added."

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