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Iran Wants Russia To Build Second Nuclear Reactor -Report

November 30, MOSCOW (AP)--Iran has decided to ask Russia to build a second reactor at the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, offering a contract worth some $1 billion, a Russian newspaper reported Thursday.

The business daily Vedomosti quoted Andrei Yedemsky, a spokesman for the Nuclear Power Ministry, as saying that the Iranian parliament had decided that the contract for the second reactor at the plant in southern Iran should be awarded to Russia.

Russia has already signed a contract for building the first reactor at the Bushehr power plant by the year 2003 for an estimated $800 million. The U.S. has strongly opposed the project for fears the plant would be used to develop nuclear weapons.

Moscow and Tehran both say the plant can be used only for civilian purposes. Iran has previously asked Moscow to conduct a feasibility study on building three more reactors on the same site.

Experts say that a contract for the second reactor would be worth about $1 billion, Vedomosti said.

Yedemsky was unavailable for comment Thursday and other officials at the Nuclear Power Ministry refused to comment on the report.


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