Purchase of Bulgaria’s used reactor ‘not true’

TEHRAN, Jul. 18 (MNA) – Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi dismissed on Mon. rumors about the purchase of ‘used’ reactors from Bulgaria for Bushehr nuclear plant as ‘completely untrue’.

Ali Akbar Salehi dismissed the rumors, adding “this claim is completely false since nuclear reactors cannot become ‘secondhand’ to begin with.”

He went on to add, “Bulgaria had a contract with Russia’s Rosatom for the construction of two reactors, but canceled the project due to financial issues. Bulgarian officials are now seeking to resell the unused constructed equipment at a good price and we are looking into it.”

Salehi also expressed hope for the construction of two nuclear power plants by Russia in Bushehr in the current year, saying “all steps and phases have been completed and only some financial issues remain to be settled. The parliament’s energy commission has been tasked to follow up on the issue in earnest.”

Iran’s nuclear chief further noted the construction of a nuclear hospital in Iran with assistance from European countries, saying “fortunately, all phases of the project in regard to financial issues and finance have been completed and I am hopeful the project, one of its kind in West Asia, will be launched in the near future.”

Salehi then referred to Iran’s heavy water deal with the United States, adding “so far, we have sold 32 tons of heavy water to the US. Of course we were paid before delivering the shipment to the American side.”

“At the moment, we are in talks with Russia for selling about 40 tons of heavy water; we have also received demands for this product from a number of European countries,” he added.

Meanwhile, the AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said Sunday that the heavy water sold to the US is currently on its way and will arrive on the American soil in about a month.

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