Nuclear talks progressing well, Salehi says
Head of Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi said on Sunday that nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1 Group are advancing well and Iranian negotiators are defending sovereignty rights and national interests properly, IRNA reported.
Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to honor memory of nuclear scientists at the Science and Research Faculty of Islamic Azad University, he added that whatever to be agreed are based on agreements made earlier by the top officials.
'We will not reach a deal at any cost. Rather the agreement will ensure the sovereignty rights and national interests within the framework set by the Supreme Leader and other senior officials.'
Referring to the project to set up nuclear hospital, Salehi said that the hospital will house facilities for the first time ever.
If the hospital goes on stream, most of patients going overseas for treatment will receive medical services inside the country, Salehi said.
Meanwhile, Salehi said that the government decided to build two 2,100 megawatts nuclear power plants in cooperation with Russians, saying that agreements to that effect were signed earlier this year and practical steps to construct the power plants will be taken soon.
'We have made preparatory works to conclud another deal with another country to establish small 100-megawatt power plants.'
Noting that the power plants will be set up in Mokran coastlines (Sea of Oman), Salehi said that the facilities will help produce drinking water and electricity.
Salehi put the value of two power plants in Bushehr at over $10 billion and small projects at $2 billion, saying that the projects will become operational within ten years.