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Russians successfully test Iranian nuclear reactor

Bushehr plant brought to minimal controlled operating level

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Russians test Iran's controversial nuclear power plant. (Getty Images)
Russians test Iran's controversial nuclear power plant. (Getty Images)

The Russian builders of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant have successfully completed a pre-launch test of the facility, according to the nation’s nuclear export agency.

A Russian statement has confirmed that the plant has been reloaded with fuel, following a pump-related problem, and is being prepared for start-up in July. In a report by AFP the plant’s constructors, Atomstroyexport, announced earlier in the week that it had launched a ‘self-supporting chain reaction’ in the active zone of the plant’s first reactor.

Although no power is yet being produced at the plant, a Russian statement said that the test brought the nuclear steam-generating plant to the minimal controlled power level.

The news comes as Iran formally agrees to resume talks on its nuclear programme with six major powers, which had been stalled since January.
 

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