Russia: Iran makes first payment on Bushehr plant

The Russian state-run company building Iran's first atomic power plant said Monday that Teheran has made its first payment toward the long-delayed construction of Bushehr plant since a dispute over financing halted construction. "The fact that our Iranian partners have overcome their difficulties is positive," Atomstroiexport said in a statement - adding, however, that the payment was "still far" from full compensation for the Bushehr project. Moscow and Teheran have been at loggerheads over financing of the plant and Russia earlier this month said that nuclear fuel would not be supplied this month, as had been planned. The delays prompted Russia, which is building the plant in Iran, to indefinitely postpone the reactor's launch, set for September.