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Russia Will Install Fuel Into Iranian Nuclear Plant

Iran's Bushehr reactor in a photo released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) on Nov. 30, 2009. Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA hide caption

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Rosatom, Russia's nuclear agency, will load uranium into Iran's Bushehr reactor on Aug. 21. Russia says the reactor isn't part of the latest round of UN sanctions, intended to force Iran to disclose the scope of its nuclear projects. Iran insists it only wants to generate electricity for its citizens. Rosastom will consider Bushehr a 'nuclear installation' and Iranian officials say it will start working in mid-September. The BBC reports it could take longer than that. Start-up has been delayed for years; Iran blames the U.S for pressuring other countries to delay the reactor's completion.