Iran’s n-power plant to be launched ‘shortly’: Russian agency

Moscow, May 22 (IANS ) Iran’s first nuclear power plant in Bushehr could start working “shortly”, Xinhua reported Wednesday, quoting Russia’s state atomic energy agency Rosatom.

“I have never announced the exact timing because our absolute priority is safety and the final decision will be made by the customer,” Rosatom chief Sergei Kirienko told reporters.

He added that Rosatom completely understands Iran’s concerns because Bushehr is the first Iranian nuclear power plant.

“We will test and check (the plant) for as long as it could be needed. The final works are underway and the plant should be launched shortly,” Kirienko said, adding the launch time could come “before summer comes”.

Construction of the Bushehr plant started in 1974 by German companies. However, the work was halted when the US imposed an embargo on hi-tech supplies to Iran after the 1979 revolution.

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