Kuwait fears leaks from Iran’s nuclear plant
Kuwait City, August 25, 2010
Kuwait has expressed safety concerns over Iran's new nuclear reactor on the opposite side of the Gulf, fearing fallout from possible leaks.
"Kuwait's concern is based on fears of any leaks due to natural causes that may have future consequences," Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Khaled Al Jarallah was quoted as saying in our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News.
Kuwait is the nearest country to the Russian-built nuclear plant in the Iranian city of Bushehr.
Iran loaded the Bushehr facility with nuclear fuel on Saturday and the US said there was no "proliferation risk" from the civilian plant because of Russian involvement. A number of Kuwaiti MPs, however, have called on the government to take precautionary measures against any incident from Iran's first nuclear plant.
But Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast yesterday said that the Bushehr plant adheres to "high standards" and had the seal of approval of the UN nuclear watchdog.
"Due to the high standards with regards to safeguards in the Bushehr nuclear power plant, there should be no concern about it," he said
"The International Atomic Energy Agency has approved the safeguards in the Bushehr plant."
According to reports, a senior Iranian official is expected in the emirate within days, possibly to discuss the nuclear plant issue.
During a brief visit to Kuwait on Monday, following talks in Tehran, Qatar's Prime Minister Shaikh Hamad bin Jassem Al Thani said the Bushehr plant was Iran's business.
"If the plant is peaceful and for power use according to our information, then this is a legitimate right for Iran under international law and we do not want to change this framework at the present time," he said. – TradeArabia News Service