Russia, China Agree to Build Nuclear Power Plants in Iran

Bushehr nuclear plant

Just days after sanctions were lifted, Iran has already made plans to build new nuclear power plants in cooperation with Russia and China.
The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said China agreed to help build two nuclear plants, and Russia will assist with two others, according to several news reports. Russia’s state-owned nuclear developer Rosatom pledged to supply up to eight nuclear reactors in the country, and completed the first 1,000-MW reactor in 2013 at the Bushehr plant. Russia then signed another agreement in 2014 to provide two more nuclear plants.
Several other countries, including Japan and South Korea, have shown interest in developing civil nuclear projects in Iran.
Earlier this month, a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was implemented after a U.N. report confirmed Iran complied with requests to scale down its nuclear program. In exchange, the P5+1 – consisting of the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, Germany and China – agreed to ease sanctions and release frozen assets. The International Atomic Energy Association reported that Iran completed all necessary steps to reach Implementation Day.
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