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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Makes Initial Payment for Bushehr Nuclear Plant

Atomstroiexport, which is building Iran's first atomic power plant, said Monday that Tehran had made its first payment toward the delayed construction of the Bushehr plant since a dispute over financing halted the project.

"The fact that our Iranian partners have overcome their difficulties is positive, however, it far from compensates for the requirements of the [project] that have arisen during the period of nonpayment," Atomstroiexport spokesman Sergei Novikov said in a statement.

The company also said the new payment was just half of the monthly amount needed for a normal construction schedule to be resumed.

The announcement came as members of the UN Security Council, including Russia, on Saturday unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on Iran, including the banning of Iranian arms exports and the freezing of assets of 28 people and organizations involved in Iran's nuclear and missile programs.

Novikov also said more than 2,000 Russian specialists continued to work at the Bushehr site.

Moscow and Tehran have been at loggerheads over financing of the plant, and Russia earlier this month said nuclear fuel would not be supplied this month, as had been planned.

The delays prompted Russia to postpone indefinitely the reactor's launch, set for September.