No 'risk' from Iran's Russian-built nuclear plant: US

21st August 2010, Comments 0 comments

The United States sees no "proliferation risk" from Iran's Russian-built first nuclear power plant at Bushehr that was loaded with fuel Saturday, the State Department said.

But the reactor, intended for civilian purposes, "underscores that Iran does not need an indigenous enrichment capability if its intentions are purely peaceful," State Department spokesman Darby Holladay told AFP.

"We recognize that the Bushehr reactor is designed to provide civilian nuclear power and do not view it as a proliferation risk."

After more than three decades of delay, engineers on Saturday finally began loading the Russia-supplied atomic fuel in the nuclear power plant in the presence of UN inspectors.

Western nations led by Washington suspect that Iran's nuclear program masks a weapons drive, a charge strongly denied by Tehran.

© 2010 AFP

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