Iran FM says Bushehr plant will come online 'soon'

August 17, 2011 12:29

MOSCOW - Iran's foreign minister said on Wednesday his country's Russian-built nuclear power plant at Bushehr would be switched on soon after years of delays, but gave no date.

Ali Akbar Salehi spoke at the start of talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov which were expected to focus on the latest Russian proposal to resolve global tension over Tehran's nuclear program.

"The launch of the Bushehr atomic power plant will take place soon," Salehi said through an interpreter.

Russia agreed to construct the plant, Iran's first, in the southwest of the country in the 1990s. Repeated delays have irritated Iran and fueled speculation that Moscow is using the project as a lever in diplomacy over Iran's nuclear program.

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