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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia to Build 2nd Iran Reactor

While the United States is preoccupied with deciding who should be president, Russia is busily expanding its links with Iran — something that always provokes sharp criticism from the United States.

The Iranian parliament decided Wednesday to give Russia the contract to build a second reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, Nuclear Power Ministry spokesman Andrei Yedemsky said.

Nuclear Power Ministry enterprises are the main contractors for building the first reactor. Construction is due to be completed by 2003.

Yedemsky said building the second reactor will be more profitable for Russia.

Ivan Sofranchuk, an expert at the Center for Policy Studies, estimated the work on the first unit to be worth $800 million to $1 billion. The contract was never made public.

Iran has for years been considering Russia for construction of additional reactors. Therefore it is unlikely that the new contract will come as a complete surprise to the U.S. administration.