Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor 311 Reu.
(photo credit: Raheb Homavandi / Reuters)
Iran and Russia are in discussions about the construction of four new nuclear
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy
Organization of Iran, announced on Iran’s Channel 1 on Saturday that the new
plants will help solve the country’s energy needs, Iran’s Mehr News Agency
He said three or four plants would be built according to the
20-25 year plan to provide 20,000 megawatts of electricity.
energy is both economical and environmentally advantageous, he said.
November, Salehi said he hoped construction of the country’s second nuclear
would begin in early 2014, Iran’s Fars News Agency reported.
Bushehr nuclear power plant was started by Germany in 1975. In 1995, Russia
agreed to finish the construction, and operational control of the plant was
finally handed over to Iran in September.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister
Seyed Abbas Araqchi warned on Sunday that new sanctions would kill the talks
with world powers over its nuclear program.
“Approval of any bill to
impose [fresh] sanctions on Iran will stop the Geneva negotiations,” he said
according to Fars.
“The negotiations with the US are merely confined to
the nuclear issue,” said Araqchi regarding rumors of negotiations on other
Two hundred Iranian MPs, up from 100 on Wednesday, support a bill
that would require 60 percent enrichment
if new sanctions are imposed on the
“The final approval of the motion will obligate the
administration to… enrich uranium at the 60% purity level if the P5+1 imposes
fresh sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Iranian lawmaker Seyed
Mehdi Moussavinejad told Tasnim on Wednesday.
Moussavinejad said the move
is in retaliation for Congress’s new efforts to pass anti-Iran measures.