Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Iran set to fire up nuclear plant

The reactor building of Iran's Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant (ISNA)

Iran is to launch its first nuclear power plant next week, Russia's nuclear agency has announced.

Sergei Novikov, a spokesman for Rosatom, said that uranium fuel shipped by Russia will be loaded into Iran's Bushehr reactor in a ceremony on August 21 marking the beginning of its physical start-up.

From that moment the Bushehr plant will be officially considered a nuclear-energy facility, he said.

Russian officials said that the latest UN sanctions against Iran would not affect the Bushehr project.

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