Iran has decided to open its first nuclear power plant in Bushehr for tourists in an effort to highlight Tehran’s peaceful nuclear drive.
“Tourists, interested in visiting the country’s nuclear site, are allowed to visit the facilities during the Nowrouz holidays,” Secretary of Southern Region at Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Alireza Dejband said.
Nowrouz marks the first day of spring in Iran and is the start of the Iranian New Year on March 21st.
“The whole plan aims to further highlight the peaceful nature of Tehran’s atomic work,” Dejband noted, press TV reported.
Iran’s nuclear power plant located in the southern port city of Bushehr was pre-commissioned in February in the presence of the Head of the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency, Sergei Kiriyenko. During the test-run, the facility was tested by virtual fuel.
Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.
Meantime, International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Director General Mohammad ElBaradei, in his recent report for the agency’s Board of Governors, once again confirmed Iran’s non-diversion from peaceful to military nuclear activities. -- Tehran Times