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Russia is pulling out its experts from the Iranian nuclear reactor site they were helping build, US and European government representatives said Tuesday.
The move reflected a growing rift between Teheran and Moscow that could lead to harsher UN sanctions on the Islamic republic for its refusal to stop uranium enrichment.
The representatives - a European diplomat and a US official - said a large number of Russian technicians, engineers and other specialists were flown back to Moscow within the last week, at about the same time senior Russian and Iranian officials tried, but failed, to resolve financial differences over the Bushehr nuclear reactor.