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Iran Delays Start of First Reactor Until Late 2006

Iran said Sunday that it would delay the start of its first nuclear reactor, in the southern city of Bushehr, until 2006, but that it intended to build more nuclear power plants with Russian aid. Assadollah Sabouri, the deputy chief of the Atomic Energy Organization, which is in charge of the power plant project, said at a news conference that the reactor would start seven months after the Russians hand over the keys, now expected to occur early in 2006. He said the reactor could then start by October 2006. The final cost will exceed $1 billion, he said. Iran had hoped at one point that the reactor would start operating by the end of 2003.Full Story

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