On June 9, Voice of America reported that Iran had finally finished constructing its first nuclear reactor in Bushehr. Iran began constructing the reactor 35 years ago. VOA reported that Iran would conduct some tests on the reactor before bringing the reactor online. VOA predicted that the reactor would become fully operational by the end of the year.
That’s a good one. To tell you the truth, I don’t know what the heck is going on with this reactor. But over the next two plus years, Iran would consistently threaten to start the reactor. At several points in time, they will claim that they actually have started the reactor only to later on admit that no; we have not started the reactor.
I have no idea what they are up to. It is almost like the Iranian government is intent on humiliating itself, repeatedly. It’s like they are trying to show the world that they are controlled by another government. If that were not the case, they would just start up the reactor and use it.
But, of course, no one outside Iran wants Iran to operate Bushehr1 and so their hesitation makes it appear as though Iran is controlled by another government.
1 Nuclear reactors produce plutonium. If Iran gains access to plutonium, it could create a nuclear bomb. That's why other countries don't want Iran to operate Bushehr.