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AP Exclusive: Report warns of Iran nuke disaster
A spokeswoman for Atomstroyexport, the Russian company in charge of construction at Bushehr, also cast doubt on there being major damage at the plant, saying its control system is fully autonomous and virus-proof.
The IAEA _ the U.N. monitor of Iran’s nuclear activities _ declined comment on damage at Bushehr. But officials, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the issue, have said the agency is unhappy with safety and operating standards at the reactor.
Chernobyl’s reactor No. 4 exploded in 1986, spewing radiation over a large stretch of northern Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people were resettled from areas contaminated with radiation fallout in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Related health problems still persist.
Langner, the German expert, told AP it could take about a year to clear the worm out of Bushehr’s systems. Western intelligence officials believe the site could be operational in coming months.
Bushehr has been hit by numerous setbacks.
It was scheduled to be in use by 1999 but was delayed by construction and supply glitches. Moscow also may have stalled the project in attempts to pressure Tehran to compromise on its nuclear program.
Under a deal signed in 2005, Russia will provide nuclear fuel to Iran, then take back the spent fuel _ a step meant as a safeguard to ensure it cannot be diverted into a weapons program. Iran has also agreed to allow the IAEA to monitor Bushehr and the fuel deliveries.
Associated Press writers Slobodan Lekic in Brussels and Vladimir Isachenkov and Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.
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