Iranian Parliament Speaker Gholam-Ali Hadad-Adel on Wednesday warned Russia over further delay in completing the joint nuclear power plant in the southern Gulf port of Bushehr.
"The Bushehr project is symbol for Iran-Russia cooperation... a delay would have a negative impact in the minds of the Iranian government and nation," Hadad-Adel told state news agency IRNA.
The speaker was referring to reports that Russia has for the first time put political conditions, including clarification of all ambiguities in Iran's nuclear projects, before completing and supplying nuclear fuel for the plant.
"We still hope that Russia will fulfil its commitments and complete the power plant as scheduled within the next few months," Hadad-Adel said.
The Iran-Russia joint project was originally due to be completed at the beginning of the millennium but has been delayed at least five times for various reasons.
The most recent agreement between the two sides, signed last September in Moscow, envisioned the supply of nuclear fuel in March 2007, the physical launch of the plant in September and the energy launch in November.
Iranian members of parliament had last month warned Russia that in the case of further delays, the matter should be referred to international courts.
Russian contractor Atomstroiexport, which is building the Bushehr plant, announced earlier this year that there would be another delay due to a financial dispute with Tehran. But Iran rejected the claims and said all payments had been made on time.
Tehran believes that the delay is no longer due to technical but political reasons. MPs warned that the new trend would eventually lead to distrust towards Moscow and endanger bilateral ties.
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