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Russia: Moscow Defends Nuclear Cooperation With Iran


Moscow, 28 May 2003 (RFE/RL) - Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov today said that Russia rejects U.S. objections over its nuclear cooperation with Iran. Ivanov said Russia's nuclear cooperation with Iran "gives no grounds for reproach" by the United States or other countries.

He said Russia, which is building Iran's first nuclear-power plant in Bushehr, is working with the Islamic Republic on programs that are strictly peaceful and supervised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Yesterday, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said the United States believes Iran has done too little to sever ties to terrorist groups and to give up suspected nuclear-weapons programs.

Washington accuses Tehran of developing nuclear-power plants in order to produce a nuclear arsenal.

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