Russia to start building two nuclear reactors in Iran
Dec 23, Moscow: Russia has said it will begin building two nuclear reactors in Iran next week.
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, news reports said.
According to the state television website, Behrouz Kamalvandi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, said work on the two reactors "will commence next week.”
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.
The two countries have recently allied to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against opposition and armed groups.
The Oslo Times