Iran needs up to 15 nuclear plants to generate electricity, the country's foreign minister said on Saturday. Manouchehr Mottaki, addressing a security conference in Bahrain, also cast doubt on a U.N.-drafted nuclear fuel deal meant to allay global concern about the its nuclear goals.
"First I think we could just totally abandon the whole thing or we could propose something more moderate, a kind of middle way ... Iran has done that," he said, according to Reuters.
"We need 10 to 15 nuclear plants to generate electricity in our country," Mottaki said.
His comments came as Washington hinted Friday it was ready to push for new sanctions against Iran, stressing that new measures are likely now. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, while in Iraq, stated world powers soon would agree on "significant additional sanctions."