Russia Set to Power Up Iran Nuclear Plant
Posted on Aug 13, 2010
After 40 years and countless international scoldings, Russia has announced it will begin loading uranium-packed fuel rods into Iran’s first nuclear power plant, officially classifying the reactor as a “nuclear installation.”
Western countries, led by the U.S., accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian nuclear program. —JCL
The power plant, built by Russia in the Iranian southern city of Bushehr, will be loaded with uranium-packed fuel rods after nearly 40 years of delays, a spokesman for Rosatom, the Russian atomic agency, said on Friday.
“The fuel will be charged in the reactor on August 21. From this moment, Bushehr will be considered a nuclear installation. This will be an irreversible step,” Sergei Novikov told the AFP news agency.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head Iran’s atomic energy organisation, said: “We are preparing to transfer the fuel inside the plant next week ... Then we will need seven to eight days to transfer it to the core of the reactor.”
AP / ISNA, Mehdi Ghasemi
Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power facility sits just outside the port city of Bushehr, on the Persian Gulf about 750 miles south of Tehran.