Russia and Iran have announced its plans to build another nuclear power plant in the Iranian soil, a plan that raised concerns of possible long-range nuclear attacks emanating from the facility.
The groundwork for the construction of two nuclear power plants in cooperation with Russia, which will be built in the Iranian city of Bushehr, will begin on September 10, Press TV reported Thursday.
More Nuclear Power Plant
Ali Akbar Salehi, chief of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said that it would probably take at least 10 years to complete the construction of two nuclear power plants expected to cost around $10 billion.
Once operational, Salehi said that Iran could save up to 22 million barrels of oil every year. It was also reported that this is not the first power plant that will be built in Bushehr. Russia has already built a power plant in the same city, completed in 1995.
The Russian-made nuclear power plant, which has already reached its maximum power generating capacity in 2012, can generate up to 1,000 megawatts of power. The same plant’s first unit, which is currently being operated and controlled by the AEOI, has been fully turned over by Russia to the Iranian government in 2013, the report added.
Iran is not only causing global concern for its agreement with Russia in constructing power plants. The country is actively enhancing its space exploration program. Iran is planning to launch at least three satellites into space this year.
This, coupled with its active nuclear power plants, raises concern from security experts, who think Iran might be secretly developing ballistic technology capable of firing at the West. But state-run news outfit FARS News Agency reported that Iran’s planned satellite launch, which is dubbed “Friendship,” only aims to further develop the country’s space industry and build different types of satellites.
But a spokesperson for the U.S. Defense Department told the Washington Free Beacon that Iran might be hiding the true intention of its space program. The official said it is highly likely Iran is hiding its pursuit of illicit long-range ballistic missile research from international scrutiny.