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Russia agrees to build nuclear power plants in Iran
Russia agrees to build nuclear power plants in Iran

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has said Russia is to build two new nuclear power plants in the country.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Iran and Russia have reached a preliminary agreement for constructing two new nuclear power plants in Iran, said the spokesperson, Behrouz Kamalvandi, of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran according to Iran's official news agency, IRNA.

The preliminary agreement, following talks, is to be endorsed by the organizations president, Ali Akbar Salehi, and Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's national nuclear corporation Rosatom, said Kamalvandi, adding that the talks "resulted in a draft protocol on promotion of Iran-Russia nuclear cooperation based on the previous agreement in 1992."

The agreement includes plans for two nuclear plants to be built in Bushehr, both of which will have at least 1,000 MW capacity.

"The technical and commercial conditions for the building of the two power plants will soon be discussed by the Iranian and Russian officials," Kamalvandi said.

Iran, in the days of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi in 1975, started to build the first Iranian nuclear power plant in Bushehr with the cooperation of German Kraftwerk Union AG, a joint venture of Siemens AG and AEG Telefunken.

However, following the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the start of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980 the Germans left the project unfinished, only to be continued by Russians after a nuclear cooperation agreement in 1992 to finish the construction.

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