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Iranian authorities announce delay in launch of nuclear power plant

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian media published various explanations regarding the delay in the start of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant today.

The reactor building of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant located outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, reportedly announced that the reason for the delay is "precipitation in the fuel pool next to the reactor."

He added that the launch was however proceeding well and that it would only take place a week later.

Salehi claimed: "During the procedures we noticed that the pool adjacent to the heart of the reactor has some precipitation and since security takes precedence over a speedy launch, we have chosen to take care of the defect in the pool."

He adamantly denied that the delay had any connection to the Stuxnet virus which has recently infected a number of computers in Iran.

ILNA, Iranian Labour News Agency, has however reported that the delay is linked to the presence of Stuxnet in a number of computers of the power plant.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission told ILNA that they are still within the official time frame that was predicted for the launch and claimed no knowledge of the delay.

Stuxnet is a virus that has been constructed to damage industrial computers and it has certain codes that allow remote control of the system.

Reportedly Iran is the most vulnerable target of this virus.

Iranian officials have attributed the appearance of Stuxnet to "US and Israel" ploys.

Three days ago, Iran's Minister of Intelligence, Heydar Moslehi, announced that his "Anonymous Soldiers of Imam Zaman" have discovered the cyber attacks connected with Stuxnet and devised ways of overcoming them.

He also maintained that a group of "nuclear spies" have been arrested in connection with this matter.

Ali Akbar Salehi announced that with the current delay in mind, they are planning on connecting the Bushehr Power Plant to the electricity grid by December.

Bushehr Power Plant that has been over thirty years in the making was finally finished this year with the assistance of Russia.

The plant is set to produce a thousand megawatts of electricity at full capacity.

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