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» 02/25/2009
IRAN
Iran starts tests at its Bushehr nuclear plant
The 1000-megawatt power plant has a billion dollar price tag. Tehran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but the United States and the West fear it might have military spin-offs.

Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) – Iran has launched a test run of its first nuclear power plant in the south-western port city of Bushehr. Mohsen Shirazi, a spokesman for Iran's atomic energy agency, said that the test includes injecting "virtual" fuel, made of lead, instead of nuclear fuel, into rods at the plant.

Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's state nuclear agency Rosatom, visited the plant today, along with his Iranian counterpart, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh.

Building on the 1000-megawatt power plant started in 1974 by a German company but was not completed because of the Islamic revolution in 1979.

A Russian Company named "Atomstroyexport" signed a contract to complete the project in 1995, which it did last year for at a cost of about US$ 1 billion

Kiriyenko said the construction of the plant was now complete and that it was in its pre-commissioning stage.

Iranian media said Wednesday's event would include testing of all of Bushehr's activities with special computer software.

Shirazi said that if the tests were successful fuel rods with enriched uranium would be used instead of lead.

The United States and other Western countries accuse Iran of building nuclear weapons and have called for new sanctions because of Iran’s refusal to allow inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran, which is the world’s fourth largest oil producer, has insisted all along that its nuclear programme is designed to generate electrical power. 

Russia has resisted attempts by the West to impose sanctions on Iran, but has also repeatedly urged Tehran to co-operate with the IAEA.

Iran’s nuclear programme still seems central to its relations with Russia after US President Barack Obama said the United States was prepared to talk to Tehran.


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See also
04/15/2010 RUSSIA – IRAN – CHINA
Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor to start up in August
12/27/2007 RUSSIA – IRAN
Tehran need not enriched nuclear fuel, Moscow will supply it
03/13/2009 RUSSIA – IRAN
Iran “one or two years” from A-bomb, says Russian experts
04/22/2010 IRAN – UNITED STATES – CHINA
Beijing trying to “water down” sanctions against Tehran
03/16/2007 UN - IRAN
For Teheran, Security Council agreement on new sanctions nothing but "Waste Paper”

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