On Tuesday, Russia and Iran formulated a deal for Russia to build an additional two nuclear reactors in Iran with plans of another six to be built.
The contract’s purpose is to strengthen the relationship between the two nations. The deal may have caused a controversy, however, now that the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China are attempting to convince Iran to lower its uranium enrichment level to one with which building a weapon is impossible.
The deadline for Tehran to sign an agreement on its nuclear program with Western powers is Nov. 24. According to the Associated Press, the contract between Russia and Iran is not affiliated with relations between the United States and Russia. Moscow’s motive is to strengthen ties with Tehran.
“As long as the nuclear reactors that’ll be built in Iran are safe and will not be used for destruction or weaponry, Russia should be able to carry out the contract with Iran,” said junior biology major Stephanie Ard.
Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti reported that the nuclear reactors will be for the “peaceful use of atomic energy.” The contract was signed Tuesday by nuclear officials from both countries for two reactors to be built at a nuclear plant in Bushehr.
“By the sound of this agreement, our country must not be happy since Iran and Russia are not U.S. allies,” said senior psychology major Devin Mitchell.
According to the Associated Press, the head of Russia’s Rosatom state corporation, Sergei Kiriyenko, and nuclear chief of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi both signed a protocol with the future vision of two more reactors to be constructed in Bushehr and an additional four reactors to be built elsewhere.
Russian news reports quote Salehi’s words after signing the agreement: “It’s a turning point in the development of relations between our countries.”
According to the Associated Press, Russia’s Rosatom said the International Atomic Energy Agency will monitor the construction of the new reactors. If Iran agrees with the six Western powers to limit its uranium enrichment to a low enough level for no nuclear weapons to possibly be built, current Western sanctions against Iran’s economy would be mitigated.
Iran has denied Western assumptions of it building nuclear weapons and continues to claim its use of nuclear action and production will be used for peacefully fulling energy and medical needs.