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Turkey: no nuclear cooperation with Iran (Minister)

Turkey does not cooperate with Iran in building nuclear power plants, said the Turkish Minister of Energy Taner Yildiz to reporters in Ankara on Wednesday.

“Iran is an important neighbor. We share with him the oil and gas but we do not expect cooperation in the field of nuclear power plants,” said the minister.

This follows that of Mohammad Javad Larijani, a close adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that Tehran was ready to share its nuclear technology with neighboring countries and was willing to cooperate in the construction of three nuclear power plants in Turkey.

“We are very proud to master this technology and science (nuclear, ed.) We are proud to be number one in the region,” said senior Iranian official.

Turkey has ambitious plans for the nuclear power and is in negotiations with Russian and Japanese companies to carry them out. Ankara plans to build its first nuclear power plant with the participation of Russia in Akkuyu, city on the Mediterranean, in the province of Mersin. The other two power projects – in the province of Samsun (Black Sea) and in the European part of the country – are at the stage of negotiations.

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