Tehran, Moscow likely to sign deal on building 2 more nuclear power units in Iran by end of summer

Iran and Russia are likely to sign an agreement on building two more power units at the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant by the end of summer and are also holding negotiations on the possibility of building six more nuclear power units in Iran, Mehdi Sanaei, the Iranian ambassador to Russia, said in an interview with Interfax.

Iran and Russia are likely to sign an agreement on building two more power units at the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant by the end of summer and are also holding negotiations on the possibility of building six more nuclear power units in Iran, Mehdi Sanaei, the Iranian ambassador to Russia, said in an interview with Interfax.

"We have conducted negotiations on building eight power units, but there is a clear decision on building two units so far. An agreement on them will be signed as a first step. On the whole, negotiations are under way on eight units, and the best progress has been made on four, but a real decision has been made on two," Sanaei said.

Asked whether the agreement could be signed by the end of summer, the ambassador replied, "I hope so."

"The contract on the construction of two units has already been initialed by deputies to the head of Rosatom and the Organization of Atomic Energy of Iran. [Rosatom chief] Sergei Kiriyenko's trip to Tehran or [Organization of Atomic Energy of Iran chief] Ali Akbar Salehi's to Moscow is expected. They are working on the documents now," he said.

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