WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant has "no proliferation threat," the U.S. State Department said Saturday.
The department also said the plant showed that Iran does not need to be able to enrich nuclear fuel by itself, according to news reports here.
The construction of Bushehr nuclear plant began in 1975 by German companies, but was halted after the United States imposed embargo on hi-tech supplies to Iran following Iran's 1979 revolution. Russia signed a contract with Tehran in 1995 to complete the construction.
Iran and Russia started on Saturday to load fuel rods to a reactor at the Bushehr power plant, the first nuclear power plant in Iran.