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China willing to build small nuclear power plants in Iran

Tehran and Beijing have been in talks over the construction of small nuclear power plants in Iran by China, a legislator said Sunday.

“Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building of small nuclear power plants in Iran by China,” Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Nuclear Committee Mojtaba Zonnour said.

He explained that the talks were held during the recent Iran-China conference on nuclear cooperation hosted by China in the presence of a number of Iranian legislators.

“The Chinese welcomed the proposal and it was decided that the issue be pursued at other (higher) levels,” Zonnour added.

Small nuclear reactors have various uses in different industries, including shipbuilding and construction of submarines.

In relevant remarks in January, Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Ahmadian announced that China and Russia had voiced enthusiasm for the construction of small nuclear reactors in Iran.

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