Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the Russian enriched uranium fuel for Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant was ready for shipping, the official IRNA news agency reported Sunday.
"The nuclear fuel for the power plant is ready. It also has been inspected and sealed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Mottaki told reporter after his meeting with his visiting Belgian counterpart Karel De Gucht Saturday.
"The negotiation between Iran and Russia over Bushehr power plant is making progress," he added.
Mottaki's remarks came just several days after his visit to Moscow and talks with Russian nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko over issues of the ongoing atomic power plant.
Located in southwestern Iran, Bushehr is the country's first nuclear power station, but work at the plant has been long delayed.
Russia and Iran signed the one-billion-U.S.-dollar contract for the construction of the plant in 1995. Under an agreement reached last September, fuel deliveries to Bushehr is scheduled to start in March 2007 and the plant is due to come on stream in this September.
Russia has accused Iran for delaying the construction payments and warned the power plant would not be completed until 2008 at the earliest.
Iran has denied all the accusations, insisting it was Moscow had the fund problem, not Tehran.
The nuclear cooperation between the two countries has drawn anger from the United States, which worried that Tehran may use Russian technology and material to develop its disputed nuclear program.