MOSCOW — The planned startup of Iran's first nuclear power plant will demonstrate that Iran is entitled to peaceful use of nuclear energy under international supervision, Russia's nuclear chief said Thursday.
Sergei Kiriyenko said at a meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that the uranium fuel will be loaded into the reactor in Iran's southern port of Bushehr on Saturday.
"That marks the beginning of the physical startup of the plant and turns it from a site under construction to a functioning facility," he said in televised remarks.
Iranian officials have said it could take about a month before the plant starts providing electricity to the Iranian cities.
Kiriyenko told Putin that the startup is a "landmark event" that will show that Russia respects its international obligations.