Iran's heavy water nuclear facility is backdropped by mountains near the central city of Arak, Iran January 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Hamid Foroutan)
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Iran said Tuesday that it expected to sign a deal with Russia in late August on the building of two new 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors in the Islamic Republic, potentially boosting its case that it is refining uranium for civilian energy, not atom bombs.Iran has long argued that it needs to enrich uranium -- which can have both civilian and military uses -- to fuel a planned network of atomic power stations and that any contract on new reactors with Russia may help it back up its case.But Russia -- which built Iran's so far only nuclear reactor, at Bushehr on the country's Gulf coast -- is providing the enriched fuel for that plant and may want to do that also for any future facilities it will build in Iran.
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