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EghtesadOnline: Iran would start construction of a nuclear safety facility in cooperation with the European Union soon, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Iranian official held a meeting with EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Canete in Tehran.  The two officials had discussed the cooperation between Tehran and Brussels in the nuclear sphere, Sputnik reported.

"We have succeeded to agree on creation of a modern nuclear safety center that would also provide services to the regional countries. We are involved in implementation of this issue and will start the construction in the near future," Ali Akbar Salehi said. He added that the European Union would also provide Tehran with $5.4 million to increase Iran's level of safety in the nuclear sector.

Tehran's cooperation with foreign countries received an impetus after Iran along with six other states, namely China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US, signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action to ensure the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program in 2015.

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