Iraq talks nuclear energy

May 4, 2021, 2:58PMANS Nuclear Cafe

Iraq is reportedly talking with Russia and France while also reaching out to the United States to discuss the prospect of building nuclear reactors for civil application, according to an article published last week by Nuclear Engineering International (NE International).

Reactor feasibility: From an Iraqi News Agency interview with Kamal Hussein Latif, the head of the Iraqi Radioactive Sources Regulatory Authority, NE International reported that the Authority has had several preliminary meetings with international partners. The meetings were on the topic of building nuclear reactors for research purposes to study the feasibility of installing a nuclear reactor, in accordance with guidelines set by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

International partners: A meeting with Russian officials resulted in a memorandum of understanding that included items to expedite the construction of the reactors, according to the article. In addition, Latif said that meetings were scheduled with the French Embassy in Baghdad.

The article also noted that Latif had said that a meeting with U.S. officials had been requested. "We are looking for common ground with our partners in this preliminary phase that precedes the bidding stage," Latif is quoted as saying.

Peaceful use: Saaran Al-Aajibi, a member of the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, said that the reactors would be for peaceful purposes.

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