Tehran: Russian energy minister Sergei
Shmatko on Sunday promised further nuclear cooperation with Iran,
after building the Islamic republic`s first atomic power plant
despite US objections.
"I say with certainty that in the future, we will have
more cooperation in the Bushehr power plant, and also in the
development of other projects in the field of nuclear energy,"
Shmatko said at a press conference with Iranian foreign
minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
"I think this (cooperation) is in the interest of the
Iranian people," Shmatko added, without giving a timetable for
future projects or saying whether they would include new power
The Bushehr plant was linked to the national grid early
this month, and on Monday Tehran has organised a ceremony to
mark the plant reaching 40 per cent of its 1,000 megawatts
The plant was formally inaugurated in August 2010, but
the reactor began operation in May.
The Islamic republic`s atomic chief, Fereydoun Abbasi
Davani, said in August that Tehran and Moscow had held
negotiations for further nuclear cooperation, and that Russia
had made "proposals" to build new nuclear power plants in
He did not provide details, and Moscow had not confirmed
Today, Shmatko said "nuclear energy was having a
difficult time in the world, particularly after the incident"
in Fukushima, Japan.