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article imageIran blames Russia for delays to nuclear power plant

By Vincent Sobotka     Aug 8, 2011 in World
Iran has seen another set back in the building process of the country's first-ever nuclear power plant. According to officials of the parliament organized to oversee the project, Russia is to blame for the delays.
Work on the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is currently an unfinished construction project located along Iran's gulf coast, in Tehran, was scheduled to conclude by the end of this month after an already repeated amount of delays. Now the oversight committee has deemed yet another delay in the completion, pointing a finger at Russia for "making bad promises."
The 1,000 megawatt plant, a $1-billion investment, is being materialized by Russia's Rosatom Nuclear Energy Corporation. The plant, which many countries believe will serve partly in the creation of nuclear weapons, was originally slated for completion in 1999. Although, world-wide pressure and Russia's increasing demands for funding from Iran have barred the plans from completion for more than a decade. Iran affirms its only intentions for the plant are peaceful.
Controversy surrounding the plant is once again birthed by the frustration from what Iranian officials declare to be out of control spending of funds by the Russian contractors.
Asgar Jalalian, a member of the Bushehr parliamentary committee, voiced facts that Iran has already paid twice the amount originally estimated for construction of the plant. "We believe the Russians are not being honest ... about the plant," he said. Jalalian also regarded the Russian's claims as "transparent" and urged firm talks between officials of the two countries.
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