‘Iran, Russia in talks to boost nuclear cooperation’

The Russian ambassador to Tehran says the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia are discussing ways to expand nuclear cooperation.

Iran and Russia are ready to expand cooperation in the nuclear energy sector, Levan Dzhagaryan said on Tuesday.

Experts from the two countries are holding talks on further nuclear cooperation, which would be carried out following an agreement, he added.

In an exclusive interview with Press TV on February 3, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the Islamic Republic is in talks with Russia for the construction of new nuclear power plants to produce 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

Pointing to a 1992 deal between Tehran and Moscow, Salehi said the agreement requires Russia to build nuclear plants in Iran to produce 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

He added that the two sides are holding serious talks on the implementation of the agreement.

After signing the deal on the construction of nuclear plants in 1992, Tehran and Moscow reached an agreement in 1995 to complete Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, but power generation was delayed several times due to a number of technical and financial problems.

The plant became officially operational and was connected to Iran’s national grid in September 2011, generating electricity at 40 percent capacity.

The 1,000-megawatt plant, which is operating under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reached its maximum power generation capacity in August 2012.

By Press TV


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