Iranian Nuclear Reactor Will Be Up and Running Within Three Months
October 26, 2010
Iran (ChattahBox World News) – Despite being under U.N. suspicion regarding its potential nuclear weapons plans, Iran started loading fuel rods into its first nuclear reactor today, with plans to begin operating the facility in early 2011, the New York Times reports.Iranian officials called the reactor part of its “peaceful nuclear activities,” and referred to the new Bushehr nuclear facility as an “exceptional power plant,” the Times noted. But the timing of the program raised eyebrows among international analysts, because officials from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) complained just last month that Iran has not been complying with its previous requests to oversee the country’s nuclear activities.
According to the IAEA, Iran will not disclose whether it is developing military-related nuclear weapons, and Iranian officials previously refused two IAEA inspectors from entering the country. It remains unclear whether IAEA inspectors witnessed the fuel-loading activities at the new power plant today, which would normally be standard procedure, the Times reports.
Russia originally built the Bushehr plant, and the country agreed to accept the spent fuel back from the plant once it begins producing power, the Times noted.