Concerns for nuclear safety

2013-04-14 13:39
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Hasan Sarbakhshian, AP/ File)

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Hasan Sarbakhshian, AP/ File)

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Riyadh - The head of the Gulf states' main political bloc is urging Iran to join an international accord on nuclear safety following an earthquake near the country's lone energy-producing reactor.

Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani, secretary-general of the Gulf Co-operation Council, opened a meeting on Sunday in Riyadh to discuss nuclear safety issues after last week's 6.1 magnitude quake about 96km southeast of Bushehr, the site of Iran's reactor.

The quake killed at least 37 people. Iran says there was no damage to the reactor and insists it was built to withstand far stronger quakes.

Al-Zayani urged Iran to join the UN's Convention on Nuclear Safety, which allows greater review by the UN's atomic watchdog agency. But Iran is part of other UN pacts to report any nuclear accidents.

- AP
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