Russia will break ground on two new nuclear power plants in Iran next week, adding to Iran’s nuclear capacity, officials said, after a deal was signed last year in Moscow by the countries’ state-run atomic agencies.
Iran’s deputy atomic chief said at the end of a speech Tuesday that Russia will build “joint power plants” at undisclosed locations in Iran next week.
Iran currently operates a Russian-built nuclear plant in Bushehr. The two sides signed a deal last month that would allow for Russia to build up to eight more nuclear reactors in support of the Tehran regime.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, the Iranian regime’s Deputy Head of its nuclear energy organization, added in comments to state-controlled Mehr News Agency: “Certain steps were taken which have brought about good conditions with regard to decreasing the number of centrifuges.”
Kamalvandi’s speech was centered on Iran’s actions in supposed compliance with the Iran nuclear deal.
He argued Iran’s nuclear expansion will still result in Tehran’s compliance under the nuclear deal signed with world powers. Though Iran has blatantly violated ballistic missile sanctions in recent weeks, the regime’s atomic energy chief says they are following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed upon with world powers.
“We have already received the yellowcake thought the other side is required to implement certain measures,” he said, in reference to Iran’s exchange of enriched material for yellowcake uranium. “fortunately, the action has been taken and with regard to the exchange process, some technical issues are still remaining like identification of the contract for a portion of waste materials.”
Exchanging Iran’s enriched uranium for yellowcake has “been finalized in a joint checklist and everything will become clarified in a matter of a few days,” he added.
Russian state-media also announced Tuesday that Iran will be provided a $2.2 billion dollar credit in 2016 as part of an overall $5 billion lan plan.
The two allies have agreed to trade in their national currencies in an attempt to resist international sanctions.