Report: Russia to ship nuclear fuel to Iran

Russia in March will start delivering nuclear fuel for a plant it is building in Iran, the head of a state company in charge of the project said Monday, according to Russian news reports. Atomstroexport's head Sergei Shmatko said during a trip to Teheran that he and Iranian officials had discussed financial problems related to the completion of the nuclear plant in Iran's southern port of Bushehr, the ITAR-Tass, Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies reported. Shmatko said his company would start preparations in January for nuclear fuel deliveries to Bushehr, and begin actual shipments in March, six months ahead of the physical launch of the Bushehr nuclear reactor. Russia's Federal Nuclear Agency chief Sergei Kiriyenko has said that the start-up of the Bushehr reactor would take place in September 2007, and that the plant would come online in November 2007.