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News number: 9006210002

17:33 | 2011-09-12

Nuclear

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Russian Energy Minister Welcomes Iran to World Nuclear Club

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran has joined the pioneering states in nuclear-related technologies after its first nuclear power plant in the Southern port city of Bushehr started operation and joined the country's national grid, Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said on Monday.



"Iran has joined the club of the advanced countries which posses atomic energy," Shmatko said on the sidelines of a ceremony to officially launch the Bushehr nuclear power plant, stressing that assisting Iran to join the world's nuclear club was an honor for Moscow.

He also reiterated that Russia is willing to continue its cooperation with Iran in the field of nuclear technology.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant officially joined Iran's national grid with an initial 40% of power generation capacity.

The power plant will gradually reach its utmost power for the generation of 1,000mw of electricity.

Iran signed a deal with Russia in 1995, according to which the plant was originally scheduled for completion in 1999. However, the project was repeatedly delayed by the Russian side due to the intense pressure exerted on Moscow by the United States and its western allies. Russia finally completed construction of the plant last summer.

On October 26, Iran started injecting fuel into the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the initial phase of launching the nuclear reactor.

The second consignment of fuel for the Bushehr nuclear power plant was delivered from Russia earlier this year.

The facility operates under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).