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Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant start-up begins

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Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant start-up begins

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Iran has passed a milestone on the road to nuclear-generated electricity. “The beginning of the first stage of the physical start-up has taken place,” according to a Russian energy spokesman.

Russia has built and supplied the fuel for the Bushehr plant, in southern Iran. German company Siemens began it in the 1970s, before Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

Iranian officials say it will take two to three months
before the plant starts producing electricity. This comes after decades of delay and amid international fears that Tehran could be seeking an atomic bomb and not just electricity. Iran says Bushehr will reduce consumption of its
abundant fossil fuels, allowing it to export more oil and gas.