Russia to Deliver Fuel for Iran Nuclear Reactor

Russia has agreed to fill up with fuel an Iranian nuclear reactor that some Western nations believe would be used to create nuclear weapons. The Russian Atomic Agency announced that Russia will deliver the fuel to Iran on August 21, signaling the start of operations of the Bushehr reactor site.

However, the nuclear plant will not start producing atomic energy, as Iran claims, until about six months later. Russian Atomic Agency spokesman Sergei Nokivov said the fuel delivery will be monitored by the United Nations-backed International Atomic Energy Agency. “The IAEA inspectors will remove seals from containers with nuclear fuel, examine it,” Nokivov said, adding that the fuel will be loaded as soon as the agency gives its permission.

The Bushehr reactor site has been one of the contentious points between Iran and the United States. The U.S. and other Western nations are not convinced that Iran would use the reactor to produce only atomic energy. The U.S., in particular, has opposed the delivery of the fuel pending more proof that the Islamic country is indeed sincere in its vow to not use the reactor in developing nuclear weapons.

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