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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian-Built Nuclear Plant in Iran Delayed

TEHRAN, Iran — Tehran won't demand compensation from Moscow over construction delays of a nuclear power plant that Russia is building in Iran.

Iran's atomic energy department chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, says Iran is "not thinking" about compensation.

Salehi says both "reluctance on the part of Russia" as well as technical and financial glitches are to blame for delays in finishing the plant in the southern port of Bushehr. Salihi's comments were reported Tuesday on Iranian state television's web site.

The $1 billion, 1,000-megawatt light-water reactor at Bushehr — a project started in the 1970s by Germany — is expected to be switched on by the end of this year.

Past delays prompted speculation Russia could use Bushehr to prod Iran to comply with international demands on halting uranium enrichment.