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Nuclear plant deal with Russia OKd

December 14, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A Russian contractor said Moscow and Tehran had agreed on a schedule for completing construction of a nuclear power plant in southern Iran.

Atomstroiexport spokeswoman Irina Yesipova did not specify when the agreement had been reached but said the Russian and Iranian sides "now share a common view of the timetable for construction of the plant, including the delivery of fuel."

The United States and other critics have protested that the $1-billion plant in Bushehr could give Iran cover for developing nuclear weapons. Construction has been sporadically delayed amid disputes between Iran and Russia over payment, fuel delivery and other issues.

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