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Tuesday, 4 September, 2001, 14:28 GMT 15:28 UK
Russia offers another reactor to Iran

The Russian deputy minister for atomic energy says Moscow will propose building further nuclear reactors in the southern Iranian port of Bushehr.

Russia is already constructing a nuclear power plant there, but the deputy minister, Yevgeny Reshetnikov, said Tehran could order at least one more reactor from the Russians.

The announcement comes as the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, who is in Moscow, is expected to ask Russia to scale down its military and nuclear exports to Iran.

Both Israel and the United States fear that Iran could use Russian nuclear technology for military purposes.

Moscow and Tehran say it will not be, and the BBC defence correspondent says Moscow stands to gain important export revenue from its sale of arms and nuclear technology.

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