Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Iran's nuclear plant begins work
In 1995, Iran penned a deal with Russia's Atomstroiexport Company which stipulated that all works should be completed by 1999; however, the project was continually delayed by Russia due to pressure from the US over Iran's nuclear programme. Construction was finally competed in 2010.
In October, Iran began injecting fuel into the power plant in the initial phase of launching the nuclear reactor while also carrying out special security measures to ensure safety. In March, after a safety scare Iran then started reloading fuel into the core of the reactor and said it would begin operating sometime in early May.
The safety of the plant was confirmed by Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Fereidoon Abbasi, and also in March by the Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Nuclear Safety and Security Department Olena Mykolaichuk who said: "We realized that Iran's safety system responsible for inspecting Iranian nuclear facilities and installations acts very well and is strong."
Sources: BBC News, Fars News Agency, AP
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