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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, Iran to Discuss 3 New Reactors




Iran's interior minister will discuss the prospects for Russia's help in the construction of three new nuclear reactors during his visit to Moscow this week, Interfax reported.


Russia is helping Iran build a nuclear plant at Bushehr f a project the United States strongly opposes for fears Iran would use it to develop a nuclear bomb. Moscow says the plant cannot be used for weapons programs.


The plant has one reactor, but late last year Iran asked Moscow to conduct a feasibility study on building three more reactors on the same site.


Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin has approved a draft protocol on the project, and the document will be discussed during the three-day visit by Iranian Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari, which begins Tuesday, Interfax reported.


Lari is also expected to meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Rushailo and sign an agreement on cooperation in fighting drug trafficking, Itar-Tass said.