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Iran Seeks Russian Help to Build 2nd Nuclear Reactor

Iran's Economy Minister says his country is seeking Russian help to build a second nuclear reactor.

The Interfax news agency quotes Safdar Hosseini, who is on a visit to Moscow, as saying Friday Tehran and Moscow have reached a preliminary agreement on building another reactor at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran.

The news agency reports that Russian nuclear chief Alexander Rumyantsev confirmed the two countries are in talks.

Russia has an $800 million contract to build the main facility, which is expected to be finished late next year and go on-line in early 2006.

Iran's nuclear ambitions have come under intense international scrutiny following accusations by U.S. officials that it is secretly building nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran has repeatedly denied.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.