Russia Could Build New Nuke Reactor in Iran

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant / AP


Russia may soon build a new nuclear reactor in Iran, according to the country’s ambassador to Moscow.

Russian officials are contemplating building a second nuclear reactor at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear site, according to Time. Russia would build the reactor in exchange for Iranian oil, the report states.

Time reports:

Russia and Iran have been negotiating a deal that could see 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil per day exchanged for goods and equipment, reports Reuters. Mehdi Sanaei, the Iranian ambassador, told a Russian news agency that proceeds from the sale of oil could pay for Russian contractors to build a second reactor at the power plant.

The news comes a day before Iran is set to resume talks in Vienna with six leading world powers, including Russia, to agree on a a permanent deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international economic sanctions.