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Iran's first nuclear power station

Iran's first nuclear power station
Iran’s first nuclear power plant is just a few weeks away from operation after 35 years in construction. (Iran International Photo Agency/Getty Images)
Iran's first nuclear power station
The Russian built and operated Bushehr plant has taken so long to build due to a series of sanctions imposed by the United Nations. (Iran International Photo Agency/Getty Images)
Iran's first nuclear power station
The first fuel has been loaded into the nuclear plant in southern Iran. The facility's uranium fuel will fall well below the enrichment level needed for weapons-grade uranium. (Iran International Photo Agency/Getty Images)
Iran's first nuclear power station
This has satisfied International concerns that Iran was intending to produce a nuclear weapon. (Iran International Photo Agency/Getty Images)
Iran's first nuclear power station
The plant is likely to begin electricity production in a month. (Iran International Photo Agency/Getty Images)
Iran's first nuclear power station
The Bushehr plant was commissioned by Iran's last shah before the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution. (Iran International Photo Agency/Getty Images)
Iran's first nuclear power station
Russia has promised to monitor the plant closely and to recover any material which Iran could use to make nuclear weapons, according to international reports. (Iran International Photo Agency/Getty Images)
Iran's first nuclear power station
The Bushehr reactor will be fully fueled by September 22. (Iran International Photo Agency/Getty Images)