Iran and Russia officially started work Saturday on a new atomic power plant in the port city of Bushehr, more than a year after an international nuclear accord was concluded between Tehran and world powers.
Representatives of the Iranian leadership and Russian energy company Rosatom, which has been contracted to carry out the work, attended a launch ceremony on Saturday to formally start the construction.
"The new plant shows Russia's commitment in relation to the nuclear deal," First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said at the ceremony.
Russia helped Iran construct the original nuclear plant at Bushehr.
The nuclear deal signed in July last year was intended to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon. It reduced the scope of Iran's nuclear programme and allowed greater monitoring of atomic projects.