Iran, Russia stress nuclear energy cooperation

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Iran and Russia have highlighted the necessity of continuing bilateral cooperation in the field of peaceful use of nuclear energy.

On Thursday, Deputy Director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Ahmadian and Sergei Kiriyenko, director general of Russia's nuclear energy corporation Rosatom, sat down for talks in Moscow, IRNA reported.

During the meeting the two sides expressed satisfaction with the progress and launching of the first unit of Iran's nuclear power plant in Bushehr.

Iran's Ambassador to Moscow Mehdi Sanaei was also present at the meeting.

In September 2013, Iran officially took over from Russia the first unit of its first 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr for two years. The initial construction of the Bushehr facility began in 1975 by German companies, but the work was halted following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran and Russia reached an agreement in 1995 to complete the Bushehr plant.

In an interview with Press TV on February 3, AEOI Director Ali Akbar Salehi said the Islamic Republic is in talks with Russia for the construction of new nuclear power plants to produce 4,000 megawatts of electricity.

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