Thursday, February 5, 2009
Russia plans to start up a nuclear reactor at Iran’s Bushehr plant by the end of the year, the head of Russia’s state nuclear corporation said on Thursday.
“If there are no unforeseen events…then the launch will go according to the timetable,” Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko told reporters in the Kremlin.
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“The launch is scheduled for this year,” he said, adding that this was the original plan laid down in a timetable agreed with Iran. “I plan to be at the Bushehr plant in February.”
The West, which suspects Iran of seeking to produce its own nuclear bomb, has been critical of Russia’s involvement in Bushehr. Russia says the plant is purely civilian and cannot be used for any weapons programme.
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