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Russian Official Says Iran Standoff Resolvable --> Sergei Kiriyenko (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) 25 February 2006 -- Russia's top nuclear official, Sergei Kiriyenko, expressed confidence after talks in Tehran today that it is still possible to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.

Kiriyenko, head of the Federal Atomic Energy Agency, said after talks with Iranian officials that resolving questions about Tehran's nuclear program "is absolutely realistic."

He added that Iran has the right to a peaceful nuclear program, but suggested it must act to assure the world that it is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons.

Moscow has offered to enrich uranium for Iran in Russia, in an attempt to allay Western fears that Tehran could divert enriched uranium for the production of nuclear weapons.

Kiriyenko was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that he was "satisfied with the way" the negotiations were going.

He also said Russia wants to complete the construction of a nuclear power station at Bushehr, in Iran, as soon as possible. Russia is helping Iran build the plant.

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Gholamreza Aqazadeh, said on state television after meeting with Kiriyenko that the talks had focused on finalizing the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

(compiled from agency reports)
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