Russia begins refuelling Iran nuclear plant: report
Russia on Friday resumed loading fuel into Iran's first nuclear power plant after it had to be removed because of an apparent technical fault, news reports said.
The Atomstroyexport agency which oversaw the Bushehr plant's construction said in a statement that the refuelling operation began after the plant had been re-checked and its various pieces "washed through," news agencies reported.
It was not immediately clear from the statement when the Bushehr plant would be commissioned.
Russia last month blamed the delay on internal wear-and-tear at the plant, whose construction was initially launched with the help of Germany's Siemens company in the 1970s.
It also blamed Iran for forcing Russian engineers to work with outdated pieces in the plant, whose construction has been bitterly opposed by Iran's arch-foe Israel.
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