Grand Opening: Iranian Nuclear Plant
Posted on Aug 21, 2010
Drum roll, please. After 36 years in the making and with great help from Russia in its construction, Iran held a ceremony Saturday to mark the opening of the country’s first nuclear power plant. The event marked the beginning of the transfer of uranium fuel rods into the plant, which aims to start producing electricity later this year.
The U.S. and other Western nations remain wary that Iran is using its civilian program to mask plans to build a bomb —JCL
The New York Times:
Thirty-six years after construction began under the shah, Iran finally opened its first nuclear power plant at a ceremony on Saturday.
Attended by senior officials from Iran and Russia, which helped build the station through years of concern by the United States and other Western nations that Iran was using its civilian program to mask a plan to build a bomb, the ceremony marked the beginning of the transfer of low-enriched uranium fuel rods from a storage site into the plant.
Officials of both countries said Saturday’s events signified the opening, not the startup, of the plant near Bushehr, in southern Iran, as a working nuclear plant.
AP / Vahid Salemi
A security gate marks the entrance to Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, 750 miles south of Tehran.