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Iran To Build More Nuclear Reactors

22 August 2004 -- Iran said today it is planning to build more nuclear power plants with Russian help, ignoring U.S. concerns that byproducts from the plants could be used to manufacture nuclear bombs.

Asadollah Sabouri, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran in charge of nuclear power plants, said today that Iran has contracts with Russia to build more nuclear reactors. He said that Iran's contract with Russia is to build more than one nuclear power plant.

The United States has accused Iran of seeking nuclear weapons but Iran has denied the charges, saying its nuclear program is geared only toward producing electricity, not nuclear weapons.

'Earlier today, Sabouri said that Iran's first nuclear reactor, being constructed with Russian help in Bushehr, will not enter service until 2006, a year later than originally planned.

(wire reports)