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    HEAD OF RUSSIAN ATOMIC ENERGY MINISTRY IS FOR PRESERVING IAEA

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    MOSCOW, January 29. (RIA Novosti). Head of the Atomic Energy Ministry Alexander Rumyantsev spoke about the necessity of preserving the IAEA as an authoritative international body in the nuclear power industry.

    The existence of the IAEA, its activities over a lengthy period of time has confirmed the role of this organization in control over the use of nuclear energy for the peaceful purposes," he said on Thursday to journalists.

    The Minister noted that the IAEA and the national administrations are constantly conducting a far from easy dialogue. However, this cannot serve as a proof that the IAEA can be replaced by somebody, " Rumyantsev said.

    "Russia is abiding by all international principles and considers the IAEA to be an important supervising body over the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes," the minister said.

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