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Russia to honor commitments to Iran on peaceful nuclear programs

RIA Novosti

04/04/2008 18:17 BUCHAREST, April 4 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will honor all its contractual commitments to develop peaceful nuclear programs in Iran, President Vladimir Putin told a news conference on Friday after a NATO-Russia Council session in Bucharest.

"We have so far honored in full and plan to continue honoring contractual commitments to our Iranian partners in developing their nuclear programs for peaceful purposes," Putin said.

Russia delivered its eighth and final fuel shipment to Bushehr on January 28. The light-water nuclear power plant has been the focus of international attention over fears that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Tehran insists it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.

Putin said these commitments also related to nuclear fuel deliveries in general. "We are ready to keep working in the same manner, observing Iran's legitimate interests as regards the development of advanced technology and on allaying the international community's concerns over nonproliferation," Putin also said.

A source in the Russian delegation said Russia's president had urged NATO countries at the closed session to solve the Iranian nuclear problem without driving Iran into a corner.

"No one can seriously imagine that Iran will attack the U.S. Instead of driving [Iran] into a corner, another more positive, rather than negative, approach should be found," the source quoted the outgoing Russian president as saying.

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