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Iran Expects Deal Soon on Russian-built Nuclear Reactors

File - A security official stands in front of the Bushehr nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, August 21, 2010.
File - A security official stands in front of the Bushehr nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran, August 21, 2010.
Reuters
— Iran said on Tuesday 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.
 
Russia is one of six world powers negotiating with Iran on a long-term agreement to end a decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear program, which the country says is peaceful but the West fears may be aimed at developing a nuclear arms capability.
 
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's atomic energy organization, will go to Moscow to finalize the reactor contract and construction may start early next year, according to the official news agency IRNA.
 
There was no immediate comment from Russia.
 
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.
 
The world powers - also including the United States, France, Germany, Britain and China - want Iran to significantly scale back its enrichment of uranium to deny it any capability to quickly make bomb-grade fuels. Iran denies any such aims.
 
IRNA said senior Iranian and Russian nuclear energy officials - including the deputy chief executive of state-owned Rosatom, Nikolai Spassky - met in Tehran this week to discuss commercial and technical details of the planned reactors.
 
Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran's atomic energy organization, said the reactors would be built next to the first unit of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.
 
“It is very likely the trip (Salehi's to Moscow) will take place at the end of August,” he said, adding that construction of the reactors could start by the end of the Iranian year which runs until March 2015.
 
Longstanding Western fears that the Bushehr project could yield spent fuel of use in nuclear weapons - something it denies it is seeking to do - receded after Iran promised to send the material back to Russia.
 
Talks between Iran and the world powers will resume on July 2 in Vienna, with the sides aiming to clinch a deal ending the nuclear stand-off by a self-imposed July 20 deadline.

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by: IranFail from: USA
June 24, 2014 9:06 PM
There is not going to be any agreement so long as Iran maintains its position to expand its centrifuge refining capacity, which is a red line Khamenei will not cross. Reducing their capacity as the West wants, will be the fatal blow to Iran's nuclear ambitions and as such will be the primary reason why an agreement won't be reached. But an extension to the talks will be announced and viewed as positive by both sides since neither side can afford a total collapse. Iran needs a deal badly to get sanctions relief and finally disconnect human rights conditions from any nuclear talks. Unfortunately for Iran, the West, especially US Congressmen opposed to any deal without improvements in Iran's human rights record, will oppose and block any deal and rightly so.

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