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Kuwait protests at Iran step to develop gas field

DUBAI - Kuwait protested on Tuesdayagainst Iran's intention to unilaterally develop a disputedoffshore gas field in the Gulf unless an agreement is reached,Kuwait's state news agency KUNA reported.

Iran said on Sunday it would launch full-scale unilateraldevelopment of the field if Kuwait does not respond to its offerof joint development.

Kuwait's Foreign Ministry summoned Iran's charge d'affairesand handed him a letter saying that negotiations were stillongoing between the two countries and development could not takeplace before an agreement is reached, KUNA said.

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