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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Urges On Nuclear Project

Iranian Vice President Gholamreza Aghazadeh hailed his country's nuclear ties with Russia on Friday, but said a joint project to build an nuclear power plant had fallen behind schedule.

"The links between Iran and Russia in every field are deep and serious, including our cooperation in the area of peaceful use of nuclear power," Itar-Tass quoted him as saying during a visit to St. Petersburg.

The United States, which regards Iran as a rogue state that sponsors terrorism, has been critical of Russia's ties with Iran and accuses Moscow of selling technology to Tehran that could be used to develop nuclear weapons. Russia denies the charges.

Aghazadeh, who heads his country's Atomic Energy Organization, said the main topic of his talks with Russian officials was the completion of Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

"This project has not been progressing as fast as we would like, so we wanted to meet the chiefs of Russia's Nuclear Power Ministry to set a new timetable and to break the deadlock," Itar-Tass quoted him as saying.

The Iranian delegation met Russian Nuclear Power Minister Yevgeny Adamov in Moscow last Tuesday and is due to stay in Russia until Monday.