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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 16:41 GMT
Iranian leader sees Russian space centre

The Iranian president, Mohammed Khatami, has visited top Russian space facilities near Moscow to see for himself the possibility of further technical cooperation between the two countries.

Russia is currently bidding to build a telecommunications satellite for Iran as part of a planned three-hundred million dollar project.

Meanwhile, Iranian military experts have visited a missile factory in Izhevsk in the east of the country.

On Monday, the United States reiterated its concern over Russia's willingness to sell arms to Iran.

The issue is expected to be discussed during talks in Washington between Russia's Security Council Secretary, Sergey Ivanov, and the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell. Mr Ivanov, Russia's most senior security specialist, arrives in the US later today.

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