No Russian cargoes for Iran's N-plant

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Moscow, May 4: Former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan has again stopped Russian cargoes for Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Further transportation of cargoes for the nuclear power station in Iran was suspended across Azerbaijan, Itar-Tass news agency reported today, quoting the press service of the Russian Atomstroiexport Company-- the general contractor for the construction of the power plant. ''This is a subject for further talks,'' the company's press secretary Irina Yesipova said. Earlier this week, Azerbaijan cleared a Russian cargo of nuclear heat-isolating equipment to cross into Iran after holding it up for a month.

Azerbaijan said it had detained the cargo to determine whether it breached UN sanctions. It was released after Moscow sent the necessary information.

The cargo for the nuclear plant Russia is building at Bushehr had been waiting at the border since March 29 as Baku demanded details of its contents.

Russia's state-run nuclear company insisted the contents were not subject to any special controls.

Russia delivered its first shipment of nuclear fuel to Bushehr in December and the plant was due to go into operation this summer.

While the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on Iran for failing to halt uranium enrichment, it approved the Russian deliveries.

Some Western countries fear oil-rich Iran was trying to build nuclear weapons, but Tehran insists its programme was for peaceful power generation only.


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