Jerusalem Post 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said that the Bushehr power plant is operational, Press TV reported on Wednesday.
“As we have previously announced, Bushehr power plant has reached the criticality stage, meaning it has been successfully launched,” Salehi reportedly said.
Criticality is the stage in a nuclear reaction when the fissile material is self-sustaining.
“This stage lasts for two months. We hope the plant will gain some 40 percent of its power within the next one or two months,” Salehi added.
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