Iran announces delay in activating nuclear plant

The head of Iran`s nuclear program says it will start loading enriched uranium fuel into its Russian-built reactor in early October, months later than had originally been announced.

Updated: Sep 30, 2010, 21:31 PM IST

Tehran: The head of Iran`s nuclear
program says it will start loading enriched uranium fuel into
its Russian-built reactor in early October, months later than
had originally been announced.

Ali Akbar Salehi maintained the delay had nothing
to do with reports of a computer worm infiltrating the Bushehr
nuclear reactor, adding that the plant`s systems hadn`t been
affected.

The process of loading fuel will take a month, he
told the semiofficial ISNA news agency on Wednesday, which
means the plant probably won`t be hooked up to the electricity
grid until early 2011 - two months later than had been
originally announced.

The plant has experienced many delays since Russia
agreed to build it in 1995 and will be internationally
supervised.

PTI