Kuwait concerned over safety of Iran nuclear plant
Deputy PM worried over proximity of Bushehr site to Kuwait.
Kuwait’s deputy premier and foreign minister stepped into the debate about Iran’s first nuclear power plant on Tuesday raising concerns about its safety.
Sheikh Dr Mohammad Sabah Al-Sabah said he was worried about the Bushehr reactor’s location being so close to Kuwait, according to the news agency KUNA.
His comments reiterate those of foreign ministry undersecretary Khaled Al-Jarallah who said earlier this week that fears existed over possible “leaks due to natural causes,” he was quoted as saying by KUNA.
Al-Sabah, speaking at an iftar at the Al-Messila Palace, said both Iran and Russia had given assurances that the reactor’s technology was sound.
“We received Iranian assurances in addition to Russia assurances saying that the technology used in this station is sophisticated technology," Al-Sabah said.
He continued: "I will be worried because there is a nuclear station that is very close to me regardless of it being in Iran or any other location ... So we want to make sure that the technology used is of high level.”
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters on Monday that the Bushehr plant adheres to "high standards", news agency AFP reports.
"Due to the high standards with regards to safeguards in the Bushehr nuclear power plant, there should be no concern about it. The International Atomic Energy Agency has approved the safeguards in the Bushehr plant,” he was quoted as saying.
Al-Salah added that Kuwait plans to set up a nuclear station for "safe technology or like they call it third or fourth generation stations."