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Friday, 16 March, 2001, 12:55 GMT
Russia and Iran vow nuclear cooperation

Russia and Iran have said they will continue to cooperate in peaceful uses of nuclear energy despite objections from the United States.

The comments came in a joint statement issued at the end of a visit to Russia by the Iranian President, Mohammed Khatami.

During the four-day visit, Mr Khatami and President Putin signed a series of agreements paving the way for future defence and technological deals and further collaboration on the construction of the Bushehr nuclear reactor in southern Iran.

The statement said that the deal on arms sales was not directed against third countries.

On Monday, the United States reiterated its concern over Russia's willingness to sell arms to Iran. Yesterday some thirty members of the United States House of Representatives wrote to President Bush expressing serious concern about Russian arms sales to Tehran.

They urged immediate and significant action.

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