Iran wants more reactors: Russia`s nuclear chief

Iran has signaled interest in more Russian-built reactors, in addition to its first built in Bushehr.

Updated: Nov 10, 2011, 18:41 PM IST

Moscow: Russia`s nuclear chief says Iran would like more Russian-built nuclear reactors following the launch of its first that began producing electricity in September.

Rosatom chief Sergei Kiriyenko told a Cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin that Iran has signaled interest in more Russian-built reactors, in addition to its first built in the southern port of Bushehr.

Kiriyenko said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that his agency was working on a relevant agreement.

Russian and Iranian officials have discussed building more reactors in the past, but the latest Kiriyenko statement comes amid Western calls for sanctions on Tehran over a UN nuclear watchdog report detailing suspected atomic weapons-related advances.

Russia has firmly rejected any new sanctions on Iran.

Bureau Report