Iran launches units at Bushehr nuclear plant

Iran inaugurated two minor plants at its Bushehr nuclear reactor on Tuesday, showing it is determined to get the power plant running despite a delay caused by a dispute with Russia. The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that First Vice President Parviz Davoodi performed the ceremonial launch of a 400-kilowatt power station at Bushehr and a water purification and cooling system. "This indicates our determination to build and improve power plants," the report quoted Davoodi as saying. "The plant enjoys high-standard safety measures and is ready to receive fuel." Iran's first nuclear power plant, Bushehr was due to come on stream in September, but early last month Russia announced that the final elements of its construction was being delayed because Iran had fallen behind on payment. Russia also said the shipment of enriched uranium fuel for the plant would be delayed by at least two months.