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Wednesday 22 January, 2020

#Nuclear Power

# nuclear-power - Friday 13 August, 2010

RUSSIA HAS ANNOUNCED it will help Iran to get its first nuclear power station up and running by loading low-enriched uranium into the plant next week.

The process of loading the material will begin on 21 August, and should take two to three weeks.

A spokesman for the Russian atomic agency, Rosatom, said today:

The fuel will be charged in the reactor on August 21. From this moment, Bushehr will be considered a nuclear installation. This will be an irreversible step.

Russia built the power station in Bushehr, Iran, on the site of a project begun by Siemens in the 1970s. Under the agreement with Iran, spent fuel rods (which could be used to produce weapons-grade plutonium) must be returned to Russia.

The news is bound to disappoint America, which has been pushing to prevent the development of Iran’s nuclear programme. Two prominent Iranian dissidents have disagreed with international sanctions against Iran, suggesting that they have helped President Ahmadinejad’s regime to grow stronger.

The dissidents, one of whom was the losing candidate in last year’s presidential elections, say that the sanctions are only affecting the most vulnerable members of Iranian society.

The first nuclear reaction at the Bushehr power plant is expected to take place in early October. Iran says that inspectors from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency will be invited.

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# nuclear-power - Thursday 15 July, 2010

AN IRANIAN scientist who claims he was abducted by the US, said he was interrogated by US agents for 14 months about Iran’s nuclear programme. Shahram Amiri, 32, arrived back in Tehran today and was met at the airport by relatives and friends.

In a press conference after his arrival, he said he was controlled by armed CIA agents and threatened repeatedly. The US has denied all of the allegations. Iran denies that Shahram Amiri is a nuclear scientist.

His wife said she didn’t know whether he was dead or alive until Iranian state TV broadcast video messages from Mr Amiri, alleging he had been taken by US agents during a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. On the same day, a contradictory message attributed to him said he was in the US to continue his education: