Despite their concerns about what they say is an Iranian nuclear weapons drive, U.S. officials say they do not see a proliferation threat from the Bushehr plant, which will be under international safeguards.
Construction of the Bushehr plant on the Persian Gulf was begun by German builders before Iran’s Islamic Revolution. Russian contractors undertook to complete the project several years ago.
Under that arrangement, Russia is providing the enriched uranium fuel for the reactor. Iran is to return the spent fuel rods for reprocessing in Russia under international safeguards.