Russian Nuclear Agency Wants To Triple Iranian Nuclear Capacity

Russia continues to interfere with world peace as revelations emerged that the deputy head of Russian nuclear energy company Rosatom met with the deputy head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization for talks about a power plant expansion and eventual transfer of the plants to Iran.

Russia and Iran spoke about the construction of a second and third unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, as well as the transfer of control of the plant to Iran when limits on the country’s uranium enrichment activity expire.

The proposal would mean that full control of the plant will be handed over to Iran after Russia conducts inspections of Iranian-made nuclear fuel. The two new power plants 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 fuel production will be limited for 10 years and its enriched uranium stocks 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,” Rosatom said in a statement.

The two new units will have reactors of the improved water-water design and will produce 1,000 megawatts each, tripling Iran’s nuclear power production capacity once in operation.

The does not appear to be aimed at creating nuclear weapons but the timing is troublesome as the current agreement with Iran is tenuous and could yet be undone. Russia’s interference will not help the international agenda which would prefer Iran refrain from all nuclear activities on account of its hostile foreign policies and weak governance structure.

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