Iran Nuclear Reactor Begins Fueling With Russian Help

August 21st, 2010 at 9:04 am | 2 Comments |

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The AP reports that an Iranian nuclear reactor at Bushehr has begun fueling, with the help of Russia:

BUSHEHR, Iran — Iranian and Russian engineers began loading fuel Saturday into Iran’s first nuclear power plant, which Moscow has promised to safeguard to prevent material at the site from being used in any potential weapons production.

After years of delays, the fueling of the Bushehr plant in southern Iran marks the startup of a facility for energy production that the U.S. once hoped to block as a way to pressure the country to stop separate nuclear activities of far greater concern.

There have not been strong objections to the Bushehr plant itself as there have been with Iran’s separate efforts at other sites to accelerate uranium enrichment – a process that makes the fuel for power plants but which can also be used in weapons production.

Even as Iran’s nuclear chief said the plant demonstrated the country has only peaceful aims, he celebrated it as a defiant “symbol of Iranian resistance and patience” in the face of Western pressure.

“Despite all pressure, sanctions and hardships imposed by Western nations, we are now witnessing the startup of the largest symbol of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities,” Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters inside the plant.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • DeepSouthPopulist

    Good.

  • Carney

    Israel, or we, should have struck the plant, as John Bolton was publicly advocating, before the reactor went live. Iran does not deserve to be a nuclear power, in any form or guise.