"Taking into account that the first power unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is being built by Russian experts, is designed for 1,000 megawatts and keeping in mind Russia's highly developed atomic industry, Russia has a good chance of taking part in the further development of Iran's atomic power," said the Iranian vice president in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.
"We have repeatedly stated that our activities in harnessing the atom are for peaceful purposes. In the next 20 years, we intend to harness some 7,000 megawatts of atomic power," commented Mr. Agazade.
He also said that other countries would be invited to develop Iranian atomic power.
After the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, Germany, under immense pressure from the United States, refused to continue building the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Moscow did not have any commitments with the United States and, therefore, agreed in the mid-90s to complete the construction that Germany began. The project is estimated at $1 billion.