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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Warns on Iran

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. State Department has warned Russia that expanded cooperation with U.S. firms in the lucrative foreign commercial satellite field could be jeopardized unless Russian entities cease collaboration with Iran's ballistic missile program.

Using unusually blunt language, spokesman James Rubin also said Wednesday that the United States is convinced that Iran is using its Bushehr reactor project "as a cover for acquiring sensitive Russian nuclear technology."

"We have discussed our concerns at the highest levels," he said. "Russia has declined to halt all nuclear cooperation with Iran."

The public rebuke suggested that efforts by the administration to halt Russian-Iranian cooperation in the nuclear and missile areas have not borne fruit.