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Russian contracts in Iran will be honored - foreign minister

RIA Novosti

07/06/2006 13:44 MOSCOW, June 7 (RIA Novosti) - Russian contracts currently being implemented in Iran, including construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, are not threatened by the Iranian nuclear problem, the Russian foreign minister said Wednesday.

"Neither Bushehr, nor our other contracts are jeopardized by issues being discussed now," Sergei Lavrov told a session of the State Duma, or lower house of parliament.

Lavrov said progress had been made in solving the long-running impasse around Iran's controversial nuclear program, and said it was necessary "to focus on it."

Iran announced earlier this year it had succeeded in enriching uranium to the degree necessary for use in nuclear reactors. It has repeatedly said it has no plans to enrich uranium to weapons grade, and that it is enriching uranium for civilian use only, but some countries have accused it of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program.

Earlier reports said construction of the first unit of the Bushehr NPP was being completed and that the plant would be commissioned in late 2006.

Russia has said it plans to build six NPP power units in Iran over a 10-year period.

Russia and Iran earlier reached agreement on Russian nuclear fuel supplies to Iran, with Iran undertaking commitments to return spent nuclear fuel.

The United States, France, and Britain have been pushing for the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, and the United States previously said it was considering military options.

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