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Iran Identifies 16 Nuclear Power Plant Sites
Iran”s Atomic Energy Organization has found 16 locations that it says are suitable for building nuclear power plants, Iranian news agencies reported. Iran also said it has found major new uranium deposits, which could provide fuel for the new plants.
The UN has banned Iran from importing uranium. Current sanctions may be loosened in talks between Iran and Western governments scheduled for this week in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The power plants would be located on Iran’s north and south coasts, Khuzestan province and northwestern Iran. Construction would take place over the next 15 years.
The new uranium finds could triple Iran’s reserves, which total 4,400 tonnes.
The international community fears Iran is developing its nuclear program for weapons, not power plants. This weeks talks will include Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council (U.S., U.K., France, China and Russia) plus Germany.