Iran’s first nuclear power plant goes into operation

The atomic plant at Bushehr, built by Russia and Iran’s first, will start operations on August 21 thanks to the nuclear fuel supplied by Russia and despite the sanctions imposed on Tehran by the UN Security Council.

With this in mind, the director of Rosatom, Sergei Kiryenko, travel to Iran. The first batch of nuclear fuel had been sent to Bushehr in January 2008, DPA reported.

Iranian vice president and chief nuclear authority Ali-Akbar Salehi confirmed this and said there will be inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the inauguration.

Salehi stated that as the fuel for the plant was sealed by the UN nuclear agency, IAEA inspectors would have to go to Bushehr and remove the seal.

Meanwhile, the Iranian ambassador in Brasilia, Mohsen Shaterzadeh, announced that Iran and Turkey wants Brazil to mediate in negotiations with the so-called Group of Vienna (USA, France and Russia) over its nuclear program.

“Turkey and Brazil should take part in all future negotiations,” said the diplomat, in an interview released by the Brazilian government agency ABR.

Brazil and Turkey in May held a tripartite summit with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a statement was then issued that the Iranian government expressed readiness to store 1.2 tons of 3.5% enriched uranium in Turkey if they get fuel for the medical reactor they seek to build.

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