Medvedev, Ahmadinejad talk nuclear energy

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 18, 2011 12:54

MOSCOW — The Kremlin says President Dmitry Medvedev has discussed nuclear energy cooperation with his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

A Kremlin statement says the presidents spoke by telephone Monday and agreed that Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, a project completed with Russian help but beset by years of delays, is one of the most promising areas of cooperation.

The United States and its allies fear that Iran is trying to make nuclear weapons, not nuclear energy, while Teheran asserts it is enriching uranium to make nuclear fuel and not weapons and says it will not negotiate over its right to enrich for peaceful uses.

Later this week, Iran will meet world powers in Istanbul over its disputed nuclear program.


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