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Rouhani: Bushehr Power Plant, symbol of nation's resistance

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Bushehr, Jan 13, IRNA – Bushehr Power Plant is the symbol of resistance of a nation, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

The president said that the government will build two more nuclear reactors in Bushehr for peaceful use of nuclear energy.

'The Bushehr Power Plant differs with the nuclear reactors in other countries, since this reactor is the symbol of a nation's steadfast resistance,' the president said.

Remembering the history of Bushehr Power Plant, the president pointed out that the western companies were initially scheduled to construct the plant, but they breached the contract, a reference to Siemens of Germany which had signed the contract under deposed Shah Pahlavi, but, opted out of the project after victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

'By completing the construction of this nuclear plant and putting it into operation the Iranian nation proved to the world that when a nation has a resolve to achieve a goal and takes steps in that respect and wants to preserve its rights, it will definitely achieve its goal,' added President Rouhani.

The president meanwhile revealed the fact that Iran is working on use of various types of energy.

'Today, using the nuclear power in electricity generation is a necessity, because on the one hand using the fossil fuels for the purpose is not economically justifiable, and on the other hand those fuels are not renewable and will end, that is why replacing them with modern technologies is required,' he said.

The head of the Supreme National Security Council said that the Bushehr power Plant is a sample proving that Iran is merely after taking peaceful use of the nuclear energy, particularly for electricity generation.

'The efforts have been made by our nation is in the framework of the decision of the Iranian Parliament and the Supreme Energy Council, based on which a portion of the country's electricity demands must be produced through nuclear energy,' he added.

The Bushehr Power Plant is currently producing 700 megawatts of electricity with a nominal capacity of producing 1,000 megawatts.

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