A sign in Russian at the Bushehr nuclear plant (file photo) (Fars)
August 22, 2006 -- A delegation from Iran's nuclear energy organization is expected to start a visit to Russia tomorrow as part of the nuclear cooperation between the two countries.
The Iranians are expected to visit the Kalininskaya nuclear power plant to learn about its reactor operation and the training of personnel.
Russian experts have been working to help Iran complete construction and operate the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.
A control panel at the Bushehr nuclear power plant (Fars)
CASCADES AND CENTRIFUGES: Experts and pundits alike continue to debate the goals and status of Iran's nuclear program. It remains unclear whether the program is, as Tehran insists, a purely peaceful enegy project or, as the United States claims, part of an effort to acquire nuclear weapons. On June 7, 2006, RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel spoke with nuclear expert Shannon Kile of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Sweden to help sort through some of the technical issues involved. "[Natanz] will be quite a large plant," Kile said. "There will be about 50,000 centrifuges and how much enriched uranium that can produce [is] hard to say because the efficiency of the centrifuges is not really known yet. But it would clearly be enough to be able to produce enough [highly-enriched uranium] for a nuclear weapon in fairly short order, if that's the route that they chose to go...." (more)