MOSCOW: Russia plans to sign a deal with Iran this year to build two more nuclear reactors at its Bushehr power plant as part of a broader contract for up to eight reactors, a source close to negotiations said yesterday.
It was not clear how this might affect six global powers’ talks with Iran addressing disputed aspects of its nuclear programme.
Tehran has resisted demands for cuts in its uranium enrichment capacity, pointing to plans for a network of nuclear power stations. Western powers want any lasting agreement with Iran to put to rest suspicions that it could develop nuclear weapons-making ability through enrichment. Iran denies any such intent.
Talks ended last week with little progress; they are to resume in Vienna in June. Russia, one of the six powers, built Iran’s only operating nuclear power reactor, at Bushehr. “Russia and Iran may sign an agreement this year to build four to eight reactors, and, under the deal, contract for the construction of the first two as additions to Bushehr,” the source said. Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom said earlier it was in talks with Iran on the potential construction of more reactors but revealed no details. Reuters