Iran has begin powering-up its first Nuclear Power Plant. The Iranian and Russian engineers have began loading into the plant.
This has been a great achievement for Iran in its atomic research since it has reached this far despite all the US sanctions against it.
The weeklong operation to load uranium fuel into the reactor at the Bushehr power plant in southern Iran is the first step in starting up a facility the U.S. once hoped to prevent because of fears over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
“The startup operations will be a big success for Iran,” conservative lawmaker Javad Karimi said in Tehran. “It also shows Iran’s resolve and capability in pursuing its nuclear activities.”
Russia, which helped finish building the plant, has pledged to safeguard the site and prevent spent nuclear fuel from being shifted to a possible weapons program. After years of delaying its completion, Moscow says it believes the Bushehr project is essential for persuading Iran to cooperate with international efforts to ensure Iran does not develop the bomb.
The United States, while no longer formally objecting to the plant, disagrees and says Iran should not be rewarded while it continues to defy U.N. demands to halt enrichment of uranium, a process used to produce fuel for power plants but which can also be used in weapons production.
In Iran, nationwide celebrations were planned for Saturday’s fuel loading at Bushehr.
“I thank the Russian government and nation, which cooperated with the great Iranian nation and registered their name in Islamic Iran’s golden history,” said Iranian Vice President and nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi. “Today is a historic day and will be remembered in history.”