Saturday, July 13, 2013

Iran, Russia in talks to construct additional nuclear reactors


Iran, Russia in talks to construct additional nuclear reactors

MOSCOW — Russia has been examining a plan to build a second nuclear energy facility in Iran.

Officials said Moscow and Teheran were conducting negotiations to construct a nuclear energy reactor in Iran. They said a round of what was termed "preliminary talks" was concluded in Moscow.

"The two countries have a good mutual understanding," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

On July 2, Ahmadinejad, scheduled to leave office in August 2013, met his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin for strategic talks. The Iranian president said any project to build a second nuclear reactor would require Putin's approval.

Over the last year, Iran has been reviewing Russian offers to build up to six additional reactors. In 2012, Russia's state-owned Atomstroyexport completed a 1,000 megawatt nuclear reactor in the Iranian port city of Bushehr.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Bushehr was shut down at least twice in 2013. But Ahmadinejad said Bushehr was again operating at full capacity.

"This is a good symbol of bilateral collaboration," Ahmadinejad said.

Ahmadinejad did not detail plans for Iran's second reactor. In April 2013, Teheran disclosed plans to contruct a 360 megawatt nuclear plant in southern Iran. Iran also said Russia would build a second reactor unit at Bushehr.


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