Iranian authorities say they have identified 16 sites suitable for new nuclear power plants.
Vice President Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, who also heads Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), made the announcement in comments published on February 23 by the semiofficial ISNA news agency.
An AEOI statement did not specify the exact locations but said they included coastal areas of the Gulf, Sea of Oman, Khuzestan Province, and the Caspian Sea.
The AEOI also said it had found new deposits of raw uranium in what it called a "big discovery." It said the deposits were discovered in northern and southern coastal areas. There was no independent confirmation.
Meanwhile, Iran says it will not make any concessions regarding its nuclear rights during upcoming nuclear talks with key world powers in Kazakhstan.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on February 23 said that Tehran "will not accept anything beyond our obligations and anything less than our rights."
The ISNA news agency quoted him as saying that Iran had fulfilled its obligations as a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and therefore had the right to pursue civil nuclear programs.
The West suspects Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, although Tehran denies this.
After a nearly nine-month break, Iran is resuming talks over its disputed nuclear program with six nations including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States.
The talks will be held in the Kazakh city of Almaty on February 26.
Based on reporting by dpa and AFP