Construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant goes on strictly as scheduled and the facility will be commissioned on time, the Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday.
At a news conference, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said the assembly work is underway in the reactor building of the plant.
He said heavy equipment has arrived from Russia by sea under an agreement between the Russian company Atomstroikoexport and the Iranian Organization for Atomic Energy.
Local press reports said on Sunday Russian technicians in Iran began the assembly of the heavy equipment, which is part of the first reactor at the Bushehr plant.
Under the agreement signed in 1995 between Iran and Russia, the 800-million-US-dollar station, a project initiated by the German firm Siemens and abandoned after the Iranian Revolution in 1979, is expected to come into operation in early 2004.
Russia has been constructing the controversial power plant despite objections from the United States, which fears that Iran is trying to develop weapon-grade plutonium.