Russia Doubling Personnel at Iran Nuke Reactor at Bushehr

Satellite photo of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor.

The Russian construction company that is helping construct Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor is nearly doubling its staff at the facility.

Russia’s nuclear constructor Atomstroiexport will nearly double its staff on the construction site of the Bushehr nuclear station Russia is building for Iran, the company’s president said late Thursday.

“Earlier all our problems stemmed from irregular equipment supplies, now this is no big problem. But the problem of the lack of personnel remains, the deficit of workers is quite significant,” Sergei Shmatko said as quoted by the Interfax news agency.

There are currently 1500 Russian specialists working at the complex now. Within the next few weeks, the company plans to bring in around 300 new specialists and bring in another 1000 before the end of 2008.

Western countries suspect that Iran’s PR of developing nuclear power is a cover for an atomic weapons program–something that Iran denies.

The fact that Iran is sitting on large reserves of petroleum and natural gas may have something to do with the believability of its cover story about needing nuclear reactors to produce electricity.

Russia has relatively close ties to Iran, despite disputes over various times during the construction of the nuclear reactor.

However, on Wednesday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced Iran for constantly showing its intentions to develop rocket technologies and enrich uranium.

It will be interesting to see if the disputes are quieted or if Russia realizes that the Iran that is your friend today is the Iran that exports Islamic revolution to Russia’s Muslim citizens tomorrow.

Chechna, anyone?

by Mondoreb
hat tip: Jack Gregson, Freedom Phoenix
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Source: Russia to Double personnel in Bushehr

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