"Iran will start operating its nuclear facility in Isfahan early next (Iranian) year," Hassan Rohani, secretary-general of the National Supreme Security Council, was quoted as saying in several papers.
He said part of a larger unit still under construction was being built underground. Underground facilities are of particular concern to inspectors because they cannot easily be monitored from the air.
Why would a country with large amounts of cheaply extractable oil deposits want more expensive nuclear power plants?
The country's first nuclear power station built by Russia in the southern port of Bushehr is expected to be operational in mid-2004.
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