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Iran hopes to join project to produce nuclear fusion power

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Iran is hoping to join an international project in southern France that seeks to build the first machine to generate significant amounts of energy using nuclear fusion, which is considered a clean, safe and virtually limitless form of nuclear power.

Laban Coblentz, spokesman for the ITER project, said a high-level Iranian delegation led by nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari visited St. Paul Lez Durance, where the device is being built, on June 30 and July 1.

Coblentz said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press this week that the six world powers who signed last summer's nuclear deal with Iran to rein in its nuclear program -- the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany -- encouraged Tehran's participation.

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