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Iran Says Bushehr Dispute Justifies Enrichment Program

March 13, 2007, RFE/RL -- Iran has urged Russia to stick to its obligations.

The comment comes a day after the state-run Russian company building Iran's first nuclear power plant at Bushehr, Atomstroieksport, said Russia will not deliver uranium fuel this month as earlier planned because of late payments.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Larijani today rejected the claim and said Russia's decision underlines the need to produce nuclear fuel at home.

He also rejected reports saying that Russia would not proceed with the Bushehr plant unless Iran suspends uranium enrichment, as demanded by the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said further negotiations could resolve the dispute.

Atomstroieksport officials traveled to Tehran on February 12 for a fresh round of talks, a week after negotiations in Moscow failed to resolve the dispute.


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