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31 Aug, 2010 07:35

“Iran wants nuclear capability – not a bomb”

Political scientist Vyacheslav Nikonov spoke with RT on some of the most pressing issues concerning Russia, from Iran’s first nuclear power plant to alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Talking about the Bushehr nuclear power plant, Vyacheslav Nikonov pointed out that the Iranian nuclear program which worries Americans, Europeans, and Russians is not about Bushehr – it is about some other facilities which Iran has.

“Actually, Russia provided Iran with a nuclear reactor of the same type that Americans were supposed to provide to North Korea to prevent them from having nuclear weapons,” he said. “This is a light water reactor which is not capable of providing any weapons-grade uranium; and all fuel will be provided by Russia, and all waste fuel will be taken away by Russia.”

“If you follow the reactions of the major countries to the Bushehr opening, which by the way, is not there yet, this station will produce electricity only by December, the reaction is quite neutral, or even positive,” he added. “The only country which reacted negatively was Israel, but it reacts negatively to whatever happens in relations of Iran with any other country, since they are isolating Iran.”