Sunday, October 16, 2005

Russia insists on Iran's right to nuclear energy

MOSCOW, Oct. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday repeated the country's support for the nuclear rights of Iran, whose nuclear program has sparked Western concerns of nuclear proliferation and prompted a US-driven push for referral to the UN Security Council for sanctions.

Iran has the right to develop nuclear energy like any other country and Russia would continue nuclear energy cooperation with Iran, Lavrov said in a television interview.

"No one, including the United States, calls into question our right to continue the construction of the nuclear power plant in Bushehr," he said.

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