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Report: Iran nuclear plant fully operational within weeks

Russia's deputy foreign minister tells local news agencies that although no concrete date set, reactor to be launched in coming weeks.


By Reuters via Haaretz

May 12, 2011 | 10:48 am

Iran’s Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant will be fully operational within weeks, local news agencies quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying on Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov spoke two days after the company that built the plant, a politically charged project that faced repeated delays, said the reactor had begun operating at a low level for tests before bringing it on line.

Ryabkov said that “the final launch of Bushehr is a matter of the coming weeks,” according to state-run news agency RIA, adding “this is a longstanding project and so I would refrain from naming concrete dates—but we are already on the threshold of the final launch of the reactor.”

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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