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Iran begins construction of second nuclear reactor at Bushehr power plant

IRAN has begun construction of a second nuclear reactor at its Bushehr power plant. 

Today’s move is seen as evidence that Tehran sees 2015’s international agreement limiting its nuclear development as a dead letter following US President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the deal.

Tehran says it has begun to enrich uranium to 4.5 per cent, rather than the 3.67 per cent limit set by the agreement, in part to supply Bushehr, which uses uranium produced in Russia and is monitored by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency.

Weapons-grade uranium is 90 per cent enriched and Iran has always maintained that its nuclear programme is for civilian energy purposes.

In a swipe at President Trump, Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran chief Ali Akbar Salehi said: “It was not us who started breaking commitments, it was they who did not keep to their commitments and cannot accept the nuclear deal as a one-way road map.”

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