Iran to fire up first N-plant next week

“We are preparing to transfer the fuel inside the plant next week... Then we will need seven to eight days to transfer it to the (core of the) reactor,” said Iran’s atomic energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi.

“On August 21, the fuel will be transferred inside the building in which the engine” of the Bushehr power station in southern Iran is located, he said.

Salehi added that Iran had invited inspectors from the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to attend the launch ceremony.“The fuel is sealed and IAEA inspectors must be present to remove them,” he said.

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