Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant near Bushehr, Iran. (AP)

July 22, 2019

Chairman of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi says the construction of the second phase of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant will start next month in collaboration with Russia.

Salam Amini, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s Energy Committee quoted Salehi as having said on Sunday July 21 that “concrete foundations for this part of the nuclear power plant will be laid next month.” The nuclear chief made the remarks during a visit to The Iranian parliament, Majles.

The main contractor for the building is a Russian company which completed the nuclear power plant’s first phase after many years of delay in 2011.

Last month Iranian Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian signed a contract for the construction of the 2nd and 3rd phases of the power plant during a visit to Russia.

The United States has exempted some of Iran’s nuclear activities, including those at the Bushehr Power Plant from sanctions. However, following the reduction of Iran’s commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal with the West, many members of the U.S. Congress have called for sanctions against all of Iran’s nuclear activities.

RFE/RL

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