Iran to Build Seven New Nuke Plants by 2020

Will ‘build at least one nuclear power plant every 15 years’

Nuclear power plant near Bushehr, Iran / AP

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Iran is offering to help the global community construct nuclear power plants, according to a top official, who said that Iran would be home to seven new nuclear plants by 2020, according to recent remarks.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, announced on Friday that Iran has the technology and know-how to help the world’s advanced nations construct nuclear power plants.

Iran is currently holding talks with a variety of nations aimed at cementing new deals to construct new nuclear plants, Kamalvandi was quoted as saying in the country’s state-controlled press.

"Besides Bushehr nuclear power plant and two other plants being constructed in Iran, four others will be built by 2020," Kamalvandi announced.

Iran has been working with Russia to construct several new nuclear plants in the country.

"The Islamic Republic is pursuing a plan "to build at least one nuclear power plant every 15 years," Kamalvandi said in separate remarks this month.

"After this stage, we will have a better opportunity in different fields, including increasing the number of power plants, and we are in talks with different countries to attain this goal," he was quoted as saying.

Following the implementation of last summer’s comprehensive nuclear agreement, Iran has made moves to expand its nuclear trade.

Iran is scheduled to send the United States 32 tons of nuclear material "in the coming weeks," Obama administration officials told the Washington Free Beacon earlier this week. The unprecedented deal will cost the United States $8.6 million.

Specific details of the payment to Iran are being withheld until the deal is complete, according to these officials.

"We cannot discuss details of the payment until after the purchase is complete," a Treasury Department official who was not authorized to speak on record told the Free Beacon. "The Department of Energy’s Isotope Program plans to pay Iran approximately $8.6 million dollars for 32 metric tons of heavy water."

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