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Kuwait assured by Iran, Russia on Bushehr plant: FM

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Kuwait has received assurances from Iran and Russia that technology used in Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor is of high level and that its safety is ensured, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed al-Salem al-Sabah said.

Iran and Russia started on Saturday to load fuel rods to the reactor at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.

On Monday, Kuwait foreign ministry undersecretary Khaled al- Jarallah expressed his country's concerns over Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant, which is saying that his country is very close to the plant and it fears the possible leaks from the plant. Kuwait is the nearest country to the Russian-made plant, located in the northern Gulf.

"We received Iranian assurances in addition to Russian assurances saying that the technology used in this plant is of utmost level," the Kuwaiti minister was quoted by state news agency KUNA as saying late Tuesday.

"But I will still be worried because there is a nuclear facility 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 the highest level," he added.

Kuwait itself wants to establish a nuclear plant, the foreign minister said.

The Gulf state is looking to use "safe technology or what they call third or fourth generation stations," he added.

On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Bushehr nuclear power plant meets high safety standards.

"Bushehr nuclear plant meets high safety standards and there are no environmental concerns about it," said Mehmanparast.

Referring to the concerns raised by some neighboring countries of Iran, he said that there should be no concern by Iran's neighboring states "due to high safety standards of the power plant."

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