Iran to inject fuel to Bushehr plant
Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi has announced that fuel will be transferred to the core of the Bushehr nuclear power plant on Tuesday, Press TV reported.
"The Bushehr [nuclear] power plant's fuel will be transferred to the core of the reactor tomorrow (Tuesday)," the Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) said in a meeting with the ambassadors of African countries in Tehran on Monday.
The nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr, which is Iran's first nuclear plant, was finished with the help of Russia following a three-decade delay.
The reactor was launched in August amid a standoff with the US and its allies over allegations that the country is following a military nuclear program.
Iranian officials say Tehran, as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, seeks to use the peaceful applications of nuclear energy for electricity production and medical research.
Boroujerdi described Iran as the victor of the unfair nuclear struggle between the country and the world's major powers on the sidelines the National Conference on Soft War in Tehran.
"Once Germany, Britain and France were opposed to providing Iranian researchers with research centrifuges, but today [we] have over seven or eight thousands centrifuges," IRNA quoted Boroujerdi as saying.
He referred to the nuclear fuel cycle from extracting to processing uranium and said, "If they (the Western countries) do not build a nuclear power plant for Iran, the Iranian nation will build it on its own."
"Despite policies which the US and certain European countries have adapted to impose sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, we have been able to continue our development policies," the Iranian diplomat concluded.