Iran to Help Turkey with Nuclear Aspirations

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Iran offered to share its nuclear expertise with neighboring Arab countries, Reuters reported Wednesday.

According to senior Iranian official Mohammad Javad Larijani, Western nations have not stepped up to the plate to help Turkey build nuclear power plants -- though Russia and Japan have.

Speaking with reporters in New York, Larijani said the Islamic Republic has developed "a very sophisticated nuclear science and technological capability" that they're "quite ready to share with…friendly countries in the region."

"Turkey is trying for years to have a nuclear power plant, but no country in the West is willing to build that for them," Larijani said.

Among other responsibilities, Larijani heads Iran's Human Rights Council and senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Larijani came to New York ahead of a U.N. General Assembly vote condemning Iran's human rights record.  

Iran has also offered to help Brazil with its nuclear program. In June 2010, Brazil and Turkey voted against the U.N. Security Council's fourth round of sanctions against Iran.

Last year, Turkey awarded a government tender to a Russian company to build its first nuclear power plant at the coastal city of Akkuyu.

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