Monday, Dec 01, 2008
Iran on Sunday proposed developing nuclear power plants jointly with neighbouring Arab states in the Gulf, amid international pressure on Tehran to halt its sensitive atomic work.
“I suggest that countries in the region put on their agenda the creation of a consortium to build and develop light-water nuclear plants,” said Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran’s atomic energy organisation.
“Iran is ready to present a comprehensive proposal if the Persian Gulf countries agree to it in principal,” he told an energy conference in Tehran.
However, he did not give any specifics about the proposal, or its feasibility.
Iran has long defied UN demands to halt uranium enrichment and it is under sanctions targetting individuals and institutions involved in its nuclear programme.
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The light-water reactor market is dominated by Western countries and Russia, which is currently building Iran’s first nuclear power plant in the southern city of Bushehr on the Gulf.