Iran’s first nuclear power plant is due to be officially inaugurated today amid ongoing concern about the country’s nuclear ambitions.
Some are also worried about a possible nuclear race in the region.
Analyst and critic of the Iranian President, Saeed Laylaz, said: “In this atmosphere, it can bring or it can start a nuclear race, a race in the Middle East to have nuclear power for military purposes and so on.
“If all the world would not be able to reduce the ‘temperature’ of the region, the tension in the region, I am worried about the impacts of this nuclear power plant in Bushehr because maybe Saudi Arabia or the other countries in the region will be eager to have equal facilities to be in an equal strategic power against Tehran.”
The new Bushehr plant being unveiled today began to provide power to the national grid earlier this month.
Observers say the launch is seen by the Islamic state as a long-delayed milestone in its nuclear programme.
It continues to reject accusations that it wants to harness nuclear power not only for civilian but also military purposes.