US official defends nuclear deal with Russia
A senior US State Department official defended a US-Russia deal on civilian nuclear cooperation, saying it will not undermine efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program.
The United States and Russia signed an agreement in Moscow in May on cooperation in the nuclear energy industry. Under the agreement, American and Russian companies will be allowed to form joint ventures in the nuclear sector and will facilitate the transfer of nuclear material between the two countries.
“Once nuclear rivals, today nuclear partners, the United States and Russia now have a framework to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purpose and to advance nuclear energy worldwide,” Washington said in a statement.
But critics of the agreement questioned Russia's commitment to stopping Iran's program, and said that Russia should not be rewarded. (Xinhua)
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