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Russia, Iran to Start Building Third Bushehr Nuclear Reactor in 2018

© Sputnik / Valeriy Melnikov / Go to the photo bankThe Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran.
The Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran. - Sputnik International
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Iran will begin the construction of the third nuclear reactor at the Bushehr power plant with Russia’s assistance in 2018, the Iranian vice-president said Saturday.

BUSHEHR (Sputnik) — A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the second nuclear reactor took place at the site in southern Iran earlier in the day.

"Today, we begin the construction of the station’s second power unit. The construction of a third unit will start in two years," Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri announced at the ceremony.

Iran-Russia Nuclear Cooperation to Pursue Peaceful Objective

Iran’s cooperation with Russia on nuclear energy will be limited to peaceful civil uses, Jahangiri said.

"Our cooperation with Russia will be aimed at the peaceful use of nuclear energy, this will be beyond anyone’s doubt."

He said nuclear energy cooperation between the two nations would not be limited to the construction of reactors. The vice-president suggested the production of stable isotopes for medical and agricultural purposes as another potential sphere.

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