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Russia could build eight nuclear reactors for Iran

  • File - Iran's heavy water nuclear facility is backdropped by mountains near the central city of Arak, Iran, Jan. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan)

MOSCOW: Russia could sign an agreement this year to build eight new reactors for nuclear power plants in Iran, state-run Russian news agency RIA reported on Thursday, citing a source it did not identify.

Russia built Iran's only operating nuclear power reactor, at the Bushehr plant.

Longstanding Western fears that the Bushehr project could help Iran develop nuclear weapons - something it denies it is seeking to do - receded after Iran promised to send the spent fuel from the plant back to Russia.

 
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