Moscow says Bushehr nuclear power plant will not go online this year as scheduled. The project, being built by Russia, is now 10 years behind schedule.
“We will reach significant results regarding this issue by the end of 2009, but the plant itself won’t be launched,” Russia’s Energy Minister Sergey Shmatko said. [RT, 16 November].
UPDATE: Mahmoud Ahmadi-Biqash, spokesman for Iranian Majlis foreign policy and security commission, reacted to the news of delay in Bushehr:
"The Russians have never told us the truth and just followed their own interests - the Bushehr power plant will never be completed by Russia," Ahmadi-Biqash told ISNA. "The Russians are playing with Iran over Bushehr for twenty years and even if we waited another 200 years, this power plant would not get ready." [ISNA, 16 November].