Friday, May 13, 2005

Russia: Iran nuclear conversion plan 'legitimate'

Iran's intention to restart sensitive nuclear activities earlier frozen under a deal with the European Union is "legitimate" and will not alter Russia's nuclear cooperation with the Islamic state, a Russian nuclear official said Thursday.

"The fact that Iran has restarted conversion will not have an impact on nuclear cooperation between Russia and Iran," said the official, speaking on condition she not be named.

"This does not threaten international security because this uranium will be used for peaceful ends and under the strict IAEA control," the official said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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