A chorus of condemnation could be expected from Iran’s critics as it fuelled up a nuclear plant and declared the site may see expansion.
But Hillary Clinton has no problem with the Bushehr reactor. The US Secretary of State said her concerns were over other Iranian facilities where Washington believes an atomic weapons programme is underway.
Iran says Bushehr will now start producing energy early next year. It insists its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.
The Bushehr site could even accommodate two or three other plants, according to Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran. While building them was not a priority now, he said: “God willing, that may happen in the future.”
Experts believe firing up the reactor won’t take Iran closer to building a bomb. Russia will supply the enriched uranium and take away spent fuel which could be used to make weapons-grade plutonium.
Iran shows no sign of backing down in the dispute over its own uranium enrichment programme, despite UN sanctions.