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Iran to build new nuclear plants

Iran is planning to build at least two new nuclear power plants next to an existing facility that became operational with Russia's help last year, the country's nuclear chief has said.

Fereidoun Abbasi was quoted by state TV as saying that Iran is in the very early stages of planning the new 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plants and that it may begin construction within a year or two.

Iran's first power plant went into operation last May at the southern coastal city of Bushehr.

The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons programme, a charge Iran denies.

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