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Report: China to Build Two More Nuclear Plants in Iran Following Landmark Deal

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Ali Akbar Salehi (pictured above) said that China would be aiding Iran in building two nuclear reactors. PHOTO: Fars News.

Ali Akbar Salehi (pictured above) said that China would be aiding Iran in building two nuclear reactors. PHOTO: Fars News.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, announced on Wednesday that China will likely construct two new nuclear power plants in the country, Iran’s semi-official state news agency Fars reported.

“We are in talks with the Chinese over the construction of two 100-MW power plants,” Salehi said, addressing AEOI staff in Tehran.

Salehi also referred to another contract signed with Russia to build two additional nuclear power plants, noting that, “God willing, the construction work will start this year.” Salehi expressed hope that the four nuclear power plants would start operations within the next 3 to 4 years.

Addressing the nuclear negotiations that led to Iran signing a deal with the P5+1 countries last week, Salehi said that the world powers, “failed to materialize all their objectives, at least in technical aspects.”

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Salehi’s remarks are not the first time the AEOI has mentioned cooperation with China in building nuclear facilities in Iran.

Back in April, AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi announced a partnership with China to build several nuclear plants, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran plans to produce at least 190,000 SWUs (Separative Work Units) of nuclear fuel at the industrial scale, while we also think about 1,000,000 SWUs, which will be needed to fuel 5 power plants like Bushehr (nuclear power plant).”

He added that, “This is the reason why we have inked an agreement with the Russians to construct two nuclear power plants for the generation of electricity while the Chinese will also enter this arena soon.”

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