Recent Iranian missile launches have triggered US sanctions – said to also be in violation of the “spirit” of a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major Western powers.
Chatter emerged on social media this afternoon that construction on two new nuclear plants in Bushehr, in the south of Iran, will begin tomorrow.
Then Iran’s state news agency, The Islamic Republic News Agency, put out a statement confirming that the building work will start at the existing Bushehr Power Plant.
The news appears to have been announced by the Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi to waiting reporters on the tarmac at Bushehr Aiport this afternoon.
He told them: “The event will be held with the attendance of the Director General of Russian Nuclear power company ‘Rosatom’ Alexey Likhachev.
“The trip aims to review the procedures of the operation as well as financing issues.”
Salehi insisted that the construction of the plants was agreed three years ago in Moscow as part of what is called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The statement said that Salehi added that “the two units are supposed to be constructed within the framework of safeguard agreements with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) as well”.
The operation is reported to be worth around $10billion, the statement added.
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