posted on Dec, 11 2005 @ 06:30 AM
The Iranian government has extended an invitation to American firms to bid for contracts to build several nuclear power plants in Iran. The move is
designed to offset American opposition to the Iranian governments plans for nuclear power. The United States currently enforces unilateral sanctions
on Iran and prevents American firms from doing business with the Islamic Republic.
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran on Sunday offered the United States a share in building a new nuclear power plant in an apparent effort to curb U.S. opposition
to its atomic program.
"America can take part in international bidding for the construction of Iran's nuclear power plant if they observe the basic standards and quality,"
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said at a news conference.
Asefi was apparently talking about a 360-megawatt light water nuclear power plant in southwestern Iran, which the head of the country's top atomic
organization announced plans to build on Saturday.
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Not a bad manouver really. If the Americans win the tender they can be assured the powerplants are designed for nuclear power production. Indeed the
first nuclear power plant offered to the Americans to tender is a Light Water reactor. LWR are not compatible with nuclear weapons grade fuel
I assume the American response will be to ignore the offer. Although Asefi is appealing to probably the only consistant Bush administration aim,
making themselves some money.