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Iran Arrests Ukrainian Suspect in Nuclear Plant Sabotage

Bushehr nuclear power plant

Iranian newspaper Hamshahri Daily on Sunday reported that the authorities have arrested a Ukrainian national the suspect of sabotaging the country’s only operational nuclear power plant.

The report says the “Ukrainian expert” was working for a Russian contractor in Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, which became active in 2011 with Russian support.

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There’s nothing in the report regarding the time of the sabotage and what exactly got sabotaged.

Iran has been accusing the United States and Israel of cooperating to sabotage its nuclear program, which the Iranians say is devoted to peaceful ends.

The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is located 11 miles southeast of the city of Bushehr, between the fishing villages of Halileh and Bandargeh, along the Persian Gulf.

Construction of the plant began under the Shah, in 1975, by German companies, but the work was stopped in 1979 after the Islamic revolution. The site was repeatedly bombed during the Iran-Iraq war. Later, A contract for finishing the plant was signed between Iran and the Russian Ministry for Atomic Energy in 1995. The work was delayed several years by technical and financial challenges as well as by political pressure from the West. In 2007, the deal was revived, with the Iranians promising to compensate the Russians for rising costs and inflation. The plant started adding electricity to the national grid in September 2011.

In October 2012, the plant had to be shut down after stray bolts were found beneath the fuel cells.

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