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IAEA issues Iran warning as Bushehr opens

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As Iran celebrates with ceremony the entry into service of its first, Russian-built nuclear reactor, UN atomic watchdog the IAEA has said it is “increasingly concerned” Iran also has a nuclear weapons programme, and is not co-operating with its inspectors.

Russia’s energy minister praised the joint efforts of the past three years, and said the two countries governments would now decide on future co-operation.

“The nuclear facility of Bushehr, as the first power-producing plant in the Middle East, has joined the grid and the world-wide list of operational plants,” said the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani.

The official inauguration is not until December, and Bushehr will not reach its full 1,000 megawatt capacity until early next year.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is for electricity only.