Iran starts construction of 2nd nuclear plant with Russian assistance

Sunday, 11 September, 2016 - 10:00

Iran on Saturday began the construction of a nuclear power plant, with Russian help, in the southern port city of Bushehr, official IRNA news agency reported.

The new power plant is part of a plan to develop Iran's first commercial nuclear reactor Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, the report said.

"We are opening a new page in the trend of our peaceful industrial nuclear activities," Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said at a ceremony attended by senior Iranian and Russian officials, according to local Press TV.

He added that the project will be carried out within the framework of the Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency and in line with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.