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    Russia and the UN nuclear agency will start preparatory work on November 26 required for nuclear fuel deliveries to Iran's Bushehr NPP, the Islamic Republic's vice president and nuclear chief said.

    TEHRAN, November 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the UN nuclear agency will start preparatory work on November 26 required for nuclear fuel deliveries to Iran's Bushehr NPP, the Islamic Republic's vice president and nuclear chief said.

    Referring to a report delivered on Thursday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Gholamreza Agazade said it "stipulates that the UN agency in cooperation with the Russian government will begin, on November 26, preparing for nuclear fuel supplies for the Bushehr NPP in Iran, which will be launched in the near future."

    IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said in the report Iran had been truthful, in general, about key aspects of its "nuclear dossier," but warned that Tehran continues to work on uranium enrichment, despite persistent international demands to fold the program.

    During his visit to Tehran in October, President Vladimir Putin assured Tehran that Russia would complete the construction of Iran's first nuclear power plant on time. The statement came after repeated delays in the $1 billion project, which Moscow attributed to payment arrears, but Iran blamed on Western pressure.

    Western nations have suspected Iran of seeking to build nuclear weapons. Tehran has insisted it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity, its right under the non-proliferation treaty.

    The Islamic Republic is currently subject to two sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its defiance to halt uranium enrichment, needed in both weapons and electricity production. A further round of tougher sanctions has been blocked by Russia and China.

    The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions against the oil-rich Middle East nation, and media reports have said Washington is not ruling out a military campaign.

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