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MP: Iran determined to establish more nuclear power plants

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Feb 28, IRNA -- Deputy Head of Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Esmaeil Kousari said on Saturday that Iranian officials are determined to set up other nuclear power plants across the country.

Speaking to IRNA, he said that the launching of Bushehr nuclear power plant indicated that the government and nation are determined to attain further progress in using new energies.

Since the country has relied on its youths and has gained invaluable experience in operating Bushehr nuclear power plant, the country will use the experience in promoting and expanding nuclear power plants elsewhere in the country, he said.

Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, western countries halted their projects and withdrew from contracts with Iran to construct Bushehr nuclear power plant, he said adding that however Iranian experts proved that they have attained self-sufficiency in running such strategic projects.

Bushehr nuclear power plant will generate some 250 megawatts of electricity by September 2009 and another 250 megawatts by the end of the next Iranian year (in March 2010), he said.

The Islamic Revolution prevented the plunder the country's wealth by by foreign companies who signed hefty and illogical business contracts, he said.

The Iranian people under the wise leadership of late Imam Khomeini cut off the hands of looting powers from the country's infrastructures and they left the projects unfinished to indicate that they are not committed to carrying out their duties, he said.

Iran is to implement another nuclear power plant in Darkhovein by relying on domestic experts, he said.

Foreign countries can however cooperate or invest in implementing such projects, he said.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 374190



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