Iran and Russia to Increase Strategic Nuclear Cooperation

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Iran and Russia will enhance strategic nuclear cooperation. PHOTO/Almanar

TEHERAN – Spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization Iran (AEOI) said Tehran and Moscow were in talks on building a new unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant to promote bilateral strategic cooperation in energy and technology.

Behrouz kamalvandi, spokesman for AEOI made the remarks in an interview with Press TV, on a visit to Russia accompanying the President of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, Thursday (20/1/2022).

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According to Kamalvandi, nuclear cooperation is “one of the most strategic issues” on the agenda of the meeting between Raisi and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

“The issue of the nuclear industry can be divided into two parts, namely activities related to energy and non-energy related activities. In both fields, relations between the two countries are very good. We are supplied by … various types of radioisotopes that are used for medical, industrial, agricultural and other fields,” he said.

“At their meeting, Raisi and Putin explored ways to further enhance the already “excellent” relations that Iran and Russia enjoy in the nuclear energy sector,” Kamalvandi explained.

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He pointed out that the joint project to build additional units at the Bushehr plant is in line with Iran’s plans to generate at least 10,000 megawatts of electricity, using nuclear energy. The process continued quickly despite pending payments to Russia, he added.

“As you know, Iran has a program to increase its nuclear power capacity by at least 10,000 megawatts. Russia can make an excellent contribution to this program. It has been discussed by the two presidents and we look forward to exchanging delegations in the near future to implement new projects,” Kamalvandi said.

The official further said that one of Iran’s planned nuclear projects with Russia is worth around $5 billion. “As is known, a power plant with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts is working. Technology has been transferred to Iranian expertise. It is operated by Iranian engineers. We have built two new units with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts each,” he added.

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