| GEO World|
| Iran to build 'powerful' new nuclear research reactor|
| Updated at: 1430 PST, Wednesday, June 16, 2010|
TEHRAN: Iran is designing a new nuclear reactor for radio-isotope production that is "more powerful" than its existing Tehran research facility, atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday.
Salehi said Tehran will also adopt a "dual-track" policy in dealing with the world powers which imposed new sanctions on Tehran even as they offered to talk with the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme.
"Iran is designing a reactor to produce radio isotopes which will be more powerful than the Tehran reactor and this reactor will be commissioned soon in the country," Salehi was quoted as saying on state television's website.
Salehi, who implements Iran's nuclear programme which Western powers suspect masks an atomic weapons drive, said Tehran wanted to commission several such reactors across the country.
"Our plan is to commission several reactors in the north, south, east and the west of the country so that we can produce radio isotopes for sale and export to the regional and Islamic countries that need them," Salehi said.