Russia May Build New Nuclear Reactor In Iran

Iran's ambassador to Moscow touts deal that could threaten international nuclear talks

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Iran’s ambassador to Moscow said Monday that Russia could build a second nuclear reactor at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant in exchange for Iranian oil.

Russia and Iran have been negotiating a deal that could see 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil per day exchanged for goods and equipment, reports Reuters. Mehdi Sanaei, the Iranian ambassador, told a Russian news agency that proceeds from the sale of oil could pay for Russian contractors to build a second reactor at the power plant.

The news comes a day before Iran is set to resume talks in Vienna with six leading world powers, including Russia, to agree on a a permanent deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting international economic sanctions.

Western nations have expressed fears that any Russia-Iran deal to exchange oil for goods could jeopardize chances for securing a nuclear agreement. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday he was not  “optimistic” about the negotiations set to begin Tuesday.

[Reuters]

2 comments
rmurray1944
rmurray1944

Is Pooting really that stupid?  Eventually Iran will have missiles capable of reaching Moscow - does he really believe a new reactor would only be used for peaceful purposes and that Iran would not turn on him the nanosecond that they felt the slightest provocation?  If you think the cold war is over, you are in for a rude awakening.  It has just been redecorated and Putin is making his Grand Opening sale.

TomCzerniawski
TomCzerniawski

@rmurray1944 Are Americans really this stupid? Why do you think Iran would automatically start launching missiles if they got a nuclear reactor? For god's sake, Pakistan - PAKISTAN - has nuclear weapons, and they haven't annihilated anyone with them yet. In case you forgot, Pakistan is far, far more unstable and prone to terrorism than Iran - and all they've used their nuclear weapons for so far, is what everyone else who has them uses them for - as deterrent. 

Why would Iran, which hasn't launched a war in living memory, suddenly commit nation-scale suicide by poking established nuclear powers with missiles? Who have they missiled recently? Cripes, stop being such crazy war-mongers. I'm far more afraid of America than Iran at this point. You're the ones constantly launching invasions.