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Iran to Build Two More Nuclear Plants

Iranian nuclear plant in Bushehr (Photo: wikicommons/Paolo Contri/IAEA Imagebank)

This weekend, Iran announced plans to build two new nuclear plants. The Times of Israel reports that the new Russian-built facilities will join the already functional plant in the city of Bushehr:

Iran said Sunday that it will soon start construction on two nuclear plants in the country, as part of a deal with Russia announced two years ago called Bushehr Phase II.

The two additional plants are also set to be built in the port city of Bushehr in southern Iran in additional to the one that is already operational. The Russian-built plant was completed in 2011.

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that “in the coming weeks, we will try to hold the final talks and then soon after announce a date for starting the construction of the power plants,” according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Kamalvandi said the funds, an investment of some $10 billion, have been earmarked on the orders of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani...

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