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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Russia to Continue N. Cooperation with Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would honor all its contractual commitments to develop peaceful nuclear programs in Iran.

Putin made the remarks after a NATO-Russia Council session in Bucharest on Friday, Ria Novosti reported. A source in the Russian delegation said Putin had urged NATO countries at the closed session to solve the Iranian nuclear issue without driving Tehran into a corner.

"We have so far honored in full and plan to continue honoring contractual commitments to our Iranian partners in developing their nuclear programs for peaceful purposes," Putin said.

Russia delivered its eighth and final fuel shipment to Bushehr on Jan 28. The light-water nuclear power plant has been the focus of international attention due to the United States' ploys against Iran's nuclear programs.

"We are ready to keep working in the same manner, observing Iran's legitimate interests as regards development of advanced technology and allaying the international community's concerns over non-proliferation," Putin said.

"No one can seriously imagine that Iran will attack the US. Instead of driving (Iran) into a corner, another more positive, rather than negative, approach should be found," the source quoted the outgoing Russian president as saying.

The US is at loggerheads with Iran over Tehran's independent and home-grown nuclear technology. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

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(Source: Fars News Agency)

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