03:29 GMT10 August 2020
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    The deputy head of Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom met with the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization to discuss power plant expansion and eventual handover of the plants to Iran.

    Russia and Iran discussed the construction of the second and third units of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, as well as the handover of control of the plant to Iran when limits on the country's uranium enrichment expire.

    The talks could mean that full control of the plant will eventually be handed over to Iran after Russia conducts inspections of Iranian-made nuclear fuel. Two new power plant units are to be built within the next 10 years.

    According to the comprehensive agreement on Iran's nuclear program tentatively reached on April 2, Iran's nuclear fuel production will be limited for 10 years and its enriched uranium stockpiles will be limited for 15 years.

    "Questions regarding the construction of new Russian-designed nuclear power plant units, as well as cooperation in related fields were discussed in detail," Russian state nuclear power company Rosatom said in a communique.

    The new units will have two reactors of the improved water-water (VVER) design. The reactors will produce 1,000 megawatts each, tripling Iran's nuclear power production capacity.


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