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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Delays Iran's Bushehr Plant

The government on Monday said it would not start a nuclear reactor at Iran's Bushehr atomic power station by the end of the year as planned, citing technical reasons.

"The launch will not happen by the end of the year," Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko told reporters. The country's nuclear chief Sergei Kiriyenko said in February that the launch was scheduled for 2009.

The Bushehr plant has been delayed frequently. Russia last year completed delivery of nuclear fuel to the station under a contract estimated to be worth about $1 billion.