News ID: 213595
Published: 0341 GMT April 21, 2018

Czech Parliament backs transfer of equipment to Bushehr power plant

Czech Parliament backs transfer of equipment to Bushehr power plant
IRNA

The Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic has supported a plan to lift a ban on export of equipment to Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran.

The Czech Communist Party has tried since 2009 to have the 18-year-long ban on export of equipment to Iran lifted. In 2016 the Communist Party tried again to get the ban removed, IRNA reported.

The ZVVZ Milevsko plans to deliver ventilation equipment to Bushehr nuclear power plant and for this reason the Communist Party has proposed that all restrictions and obstacles facing the company be removed.

The issue was raised at a Czech Cabinet session last month but the Prague government adopted a neutralized stance. Some persons and groups believe that the reason for this is that the Czech government is afraid of harming its relations with some of its allies including the United States if it agrees to lift the ban.

However, it seems that the Czech Chamber of Deputies has decided to follow the country's foreign policy principles independent from the US.

The online Czech newspaper 'Prague Daily Monitor' wrote that continuation of the ban on transfer of equipment to Bushehr nuclear power plant would prevent normalization of relations between Tehran and Prague that is detrimental to Czech exports.

The former coalition government of the Czech Republic tried to lift the ban in 2017 but the parliament blocked its move. The Czech foreign ministry supports the plan to lift the restrictions on export of equipment to Bushehr power plant.

 

   
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