Russia to start building Iran nuclear reactors

Work will commence next week, senior Iranian atomic energy official says, as two countries step up ties.

    Russia will start constructing two more reactors at the existing Russian-built Bushehr power plant in southern Iran [Reuters]
    Russia will start constructing two more reactors at the existing Russian-built Bushehr power plant in southern Iran [Reuters]

    Russia will begin building two nuclear reactors in Iran next week, a top Iranian atomic energy official has said.

    The news comes a year after Tehran signed a contract with Moscow to construct a further two reactors at the existing Russian-built Bushehr power plant in southern Iran.

    Behrouz Kamalvandi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, said work on the two reactors "will commence next week", according to the state television website.

    A series of agreements signed between the two countries last year foresees eventually increasing the total number of Russian-built reactors in Iran to nine.

    Construction of the two reactors will be bankrolled by Iran, Sergei Kiriyenko, head of Russia's state nuclear company Rosatom, said last year.

    The start of the work follows a landmark deal between Iran and world powers in July that ends a decade-long standoff over Tehran's nuclear programme.

    The accord does not limit Iran's development of civilian nuclear sites.

    Loan talks

    Meanwhile, Denis Manturov, Russia's industry and trade minister, said on Tuesday that Moscow was considering lending $5bn to Iran next year.

    "We're talking about providing a state credit, under the guarantee of the Iranian government," Manturov said, according to the state news agency RIA Novosti.

    Preliminary documents for lending the sum to Iran via an intergovernmental export credit were signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Tehran in late November.

    The two countries have recently allied to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against opposition and armed groups.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    A journey through Romania in the time of coronavirus

    A journey through Romania in the time of coronavirus

    A photojournalist travels across the country in a motorhome to document how curfews and quarantines have changed it.

    Life after death row: The pastor praying for Nigeria's prisoners

    The Nigerian pastor adapting to life after death row

    Clinton Kanu spent 27 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, but life on the outside feels far from free.

    What it means to love a dead child

    What it means to love a dead child

    You must forget all you thought you knew about grief when the landscape of your life has been demolished.