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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Iran: Busheir nuclear reactor online within six months

The Iranian vice president and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Qolam Reza Aqazadeh, said on Monday that the Busheir nuclear reactor will be online within six months. Aqazadeh is in Russia to seek assistance to complete the reactor.
According to the vice president, 90 percent of the plant has already been built, and there are still a few problems to work out. He said that if the Russians cannot help, the Iranians will finish the work by themselves.
Meanwhile, the head of the Russian nuclear program said recently that the construction of the reactor in Busheir would take up to a year.
Muhammad Saidi, vice president of AEOI, who is accompanying the vice president on his trip, told the Iranian news agency "Maher" that "this trip will determine the operation date for the reactor in Busher." He expressed his hopes that the technical constraints will be resolved and an operative date will be decided on.
In addition to the reactor in Busher, Aqazadeh said that Iran plans to construct two more reactors for 'electricity production' that will produce 100 megawatts. Aqazadeh said that the reactors "are ready on paper, but we are waiting that the international mood will improve." The Iranian news agency INSA reported that Aqazadeh said that "Iran's good standing among the international community and its ability will help the Europeans to understand that cooperation with Iran could serve their own interests."

How long will the world continue to pretend that 'sanctions' will work?


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