By Sara Israfilbayova
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation discussed cooperation in nuclear energy.
Deputy Head of AEOI Behrouz Kamalvandi, Director General of Rosatom Alexey Likhachov and his Deputy Nikolay Spasskiy hold a meeting in Moscow, Russia, RIA Novosti reported.
The sides discussed the cooperation in the operation of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant’s power unit 1 and the program for the construction of the second and third power units of this station.
The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant’s power unit 1, completed with the participation of Russia, was connected to the national energy system of Iran in September 2011. The block was finally transferred to Iran in operation in April 2016.
The deputy heads of the AEOI thanked Russia for cooperation in the framework of the joint commission of Iran and six international mediators (the U.S., Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany) and expressed hope that all parties will fulfill their obligations in the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program.
Rosatom and the AEOI signed a road map in January 2017 in Moscow for the implementation of the memorandum on expanding cooperation in nuclear energy.
The memorandum signed in Moscow on November 11, 2014, envisions building on the Iranian territory eight new nuclear power units under a Russian project, including four units at the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant site. The project for the completion of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant was launched on September 10, 2016.
Iran and six international mediators reached an agreement on the nuclear program of Tehran in mid-July 2015. The Islamic Republic of Iran has pledged to turn the Fordo plant into a technology center, and reorganize the Arak reactor in accordance with the project of an international consortium, the spent fuel from it will be exported outside the country. Tehran also promised not to enrich uranium above 3.67 percent and limit its volume to 300 kilograms for a period of 15 years.
The agreement, negotiated between Iran and world powers, placed strict limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in return for elimination of economic sanctions.
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