Iran to fire up first nuclear power plant next week

Iran is to start on its first nuclear power reactor next week, the Islamic democracy and Russia which helped construct the plant said on Friday after years of delays to the highly responsive project.

"We are getting ready to transfer the fuel within the plant next week... Then we will need seven to eight days to relocate it to the reactor (core)," said Iran's atomic energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi.

"Taking place August 21, the fuel will be transferred inside the building in which the engine" of the Bushehr power position in southern Iran is located, he said, lined by Iran's Fars news agency.

Salehi added that Iran had invited superintendents from the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to attend the start ceremony.

"The fuel is preserved and IAEA inspectors must be in attendance to remove them," he said.

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