Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Israel Matzav: Great news: Iran says Bushehr is operational

Great news: Iran says Bushehr is operational

While the world plods along doing less than nothing, Iran continues its inexorable march toward nuclear weapons. On Wednesday, Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi told Iran's Press TV that the Bushehr nuclear plant is operational.

"As we have previously announced, Bushehr power plant has reached the criticality stage, meaning it has been successfully launched," Salehi reportedly said.

Criticality is the stage in a nuclear reaction when the fissile material is self-sustaining.

"This stage lasts for two months. We hope the plant will gain some 40 percent of its power within the next one or two months," Salehi added.

The Iranian foreign minister also said that the Bushehr plant is one of the safest in the world.

Last week, a senior Russian diplomat said that the Bushehr, a Russian-built plant, will be fully operational within weeks.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov spoke two days after the company that built the plant, a politically charged project that faced repeated delays, said the reactor had begun operating at a low level for tests before bringing it on line.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama continues to try to get Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khameni to take his phone calls.

What could go wrong?

Israel Matzav: Great news: Iran says Bushehr is operational

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