Source: Tehran Times
Russia has signed a deal to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, AP reported on Tuesday. Nuclear officials from the two countries signed a contract on Tuesday for building two reactors at Iran's first Russia-built nuclear plant in Bushehr.
Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's Rosatom state corporation, and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran director Ali Akbar Salehi also signed a protocol envisaging possible construction of another six reactors; two more in Bushehr and another four in an undetermined location.
Rosatom said in a statement that the construction of the new reactors will be monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency. As in the case of Bushehr's first reactor that became operational in 2013, Russia will supply uranium fuel for the reactors and then take it back for reprocessing.
Prior to his departure to Moscow on Tuesday, Salehi underlined that the construction of these nuclear power plants will begin in the near future.
Salehi is accompanied by AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi, his deputies, and a number of nuclear experts during the visit to Russia.
Salehi has on different occasions announced that Iran is ready to continue its cooperation with Russia in peaceful nuclear energy.
On February 3, Salehi said that Iran is in talks with Russia on the construction of new nuclear power plants to produce 4,000 megawatts of electricity.
The Islamic Republic signed the Bushehr contract with Russia in 1995. The nuclear power plant reached its full capacity by August 2012. It is located about 18 kilometers south of the provincial capital.
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