Russia downplays Iran nuclear links

Kiriyenko insisted that Russia, like other nations, primarily wants to ensure that the Iranian nuclear program is peaceful. He said last year’s deal obliging Tehran to ship all spent nuclear fuel from Bushehr back to Russia had assuaged international concerns that the material could be used to build atomic weapons.

Kiriyenko said the reactor in Bushehr was set to be launched in September 2007 and should start generating electricity two months later.