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Russia Says Iran Nuclear Plant To Start By August

Source: RFE/RL

Russia's top atomic energy official says Iran's first nuclear plant, which Russia is building in Bushehr, will go on line in August. Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's federal atomic energy agency, says the plant will go on line regardless of any new sanctions against Iran.

View of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in Southern Iran
Iran says its nuclear program is strictly for peaceful purposes

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, have broadly agreed a new sanctions text aimed at punishing Iran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, which the West fears is aimed at making an atomic bomb.

The control room at Bushehr Power Plant

Construction on the Bushehr plant began in the mid-1990s but the launch has been delayed several times.

compiled from agency reports

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