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Russia delays Iranian reactor

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MOSCOW, March 11 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to delay the completion of Iran's first nuclear reactor, a report says.

The Middle East Newsline said the move appears to be in coordination with the United States. A senior Western defense source said Moscow and Washington have been in talks about Russia's project to build Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr.

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Putin has delayed the transfer of nuclear shipments to Bushehr until Iran agrees to end its uranium enrichment program, the report says.

"The Americans and Russians will never admit to this, but Putin does not want a crisis with the United States," the defense source said. "The Russians are using the economic issue to cause problems with Iran."

On March 9, Russia concluded talks with Iran on Bushehr without agreement to complete the 1,500-megawatt reactor.

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