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Iran orders two new nuclear reactors from Russia

Iran's nuclear programme chief Ali Akbar Salehi (left) and Rosatom director general Sergey Kirienko sign an agreement in Moscow on November 11, 2014 for the construction of two new nuclear reactorsRussia signed Tuesday a contract to build two nuclear reactors in Iran and announced plans for a total of nine, less than two weeks before a deadline on for deal on the country’s disputed atomic programme. A series of agreements signed during a visit to Moscow by Iran’s nuclear programme chief Ali Akbar Salehi includes a contract for two new reactors at the existing Russian-built Bushehr plant. The agreements foresee increasing the total number of Russian-built reactors in the country to nine as well as possibly transferring some sensitive technology relating to the production of fuel rod components. The announcement comes amid last-minute diplomacy before a November 24 deadline to find a solution to ease Western suspicions over Tehran’s nuclear intentions as well as damaging sanctions on the Iranian economy.

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