CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Russian company building Iran's first nuclear plant said the final stage before launching the Bushehr reactor has begun.
Leonid Reznikov, head of Atomstroiexport, said that by year's end, the launching of Iran's first nuclear reactor would be "irreversible."
Spokeswoman Irina Yesipova said the launch date will be set following talks between Russia and Iran before the end of the month.
The 1,000-megawatt light-water reactor has cost Iran more than $1 billion.
Iran has allegedly agreed to return its spent nuclear fuel to Russia rather than extract materials needed to build nuclear bombs, resulting in the U.S. and other Western countries agreeing to exclude references to the Bushehr plant in UN Security Council sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
According to Russia, the contract for the Bushehr reactor conforms to international agreements that prevent the development of nuclear weapons.
Source: YNet news