Russia is expected to provide Iran with fuel for its first nuclear plant next week, despite sanctions put in place to prevent the regime from developing its nuclear program.
Uranium fuel from Russia will be loaded into the Bushehr reactor Aug. 21. Iranian officials expect the startup process to last about a month before the plant is fully operational.
"From that moment the Bushehr plant will be officially considered a nuclear-energy installation," said Sergei Novikov, a spokesman for the Russian nuclear agency.
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The United Nations recently issued stricter sanctions on Iran in an effort to prevent the country from starting the plant. However, Russian officials said the new sanctions don't directly prevent Moscow from continuing with the Bushehr project.
Russia has been under a $1 billion contract with Iran to build the plant since 1995. The country argued that the plant was "essential" for persuading Iran to cooperate with the U.N. over its nuclear program.
It's widely believed Iran is trying to obtain enough uranium to build a nuclear weapon, though Iran has continuously denied the accusations.
Russia says the uranium it's sending Iran will not be enriched to a high enough level to build a weapon.