TEHRAN, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced Wednesday that the Islamic republic has plans to construct new nuclear power plants on the Persian Gulf coast, Press TV reported.
"What we have in mind is to build (nuclear) power plants on the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea coasts, but we have prioritized the Persian Gulf shores as we are going to pave the way for desalination of water for the southern provinces," Ali-Akbar Salehi, head of AEOI, was quoted as saying by Press TV.
Salehi did not provide further details about the plan but reiterated earlier remarks of Iranian officials to build more nuclear power plants across the country. Renewal of the remarks are significant as the Islamic republic and some world powers are preparing for "serious" nuclear talks next month.
On Sept. 23, Iran took over control of its first Bushehr nuclear power plant from Russia. The construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant had begun in 1975 by several German companies; however, work was halted when the United States imposed an embargo on hi-tech supplies to Iran after the 1979 revolution. In 1998, Russia signed a contract with Iran to complete the construction of the plant.
Commenting on the recent nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+ 1 -- the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain plus Germany -- Salehi said Wednesday that he is optimistic about the future of the talks between Iran and the six major world powers and Tehran seeks a win-win approach in the negotiations.
Iran and the P5+1 countries held a fresh round of talks in Geneva on Oct. 15-16, and agreed to meet again in the Swiss city on Nov. 7-8.