- Armenian President Signals New Delay In Nuclear Plant Closure
YEREVAN -- President Serzh Sarkisian has given further indication that Armenia's government will delay the decommissioning of the controversial Metsamor nuclear power station that was expected to start by 2017, RFE/RL's Armenian Service reports.
Sarkisian said the fate of Metsamor's sole functioning reactor is "closely connected" with the time frame for the construction of a new and more powerful plant at the same site, which is about 40 kilometers west of Yerevan.
Armenia has been under pressure from the United States and the European Union to shut down the Soviet-era facility ever since one of its two reactors built in the 1970s was reactivated in 1995.
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