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Iran set to fire up nuclear plant

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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