Iran says it will develop more nuclear power with Russia

Tehran's Foreign Minister and Former Nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran and Russia will enter into an agreement to build a nuclear power plant in the Islamic Republic.

"Iran has held consultations with the Russian side and soon an agreement of mutual understanding will be signed on the construction of a new nuclear power plant," said Salehi, according to the International Business Times.

Hassan Rouhani, the new president of the country, said Iran needs 20,000 megawatts of nuclear power to respond to energy demands.

"I hope that everything will develop according to schedule, and Iran will be able to continue to build nuclear power plants and continue to cooperate," he said. "The Iranian government will continue to negotiate with neighbouring countries, one of which is Russia, to develop peaceful nuclear energy."

Iran said the nuclear power would be used strictly for the electric grid and has denied that it would ramp up its nuclear power program to develop weapons, UPI reported. Russia already operates and supplies fuel to the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran that began operating in September.

More information on energy in Iran can be found at PennEnergy Research

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