- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 20, 2007

12:17 p.m.

VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Russia is pulling out its experts from the Iranian nuclear reactor site they were helping build, U.S. and European government representatives said today. The move reflects a growing rift between Iran and Russia that could lead to harsher U.N. sanctions on the Islamic republic for its refusal to stop uranium enrichment.

The representatives — a European diplomat and a U.S. official — said a large number of Russian technicians, engineers and other specialists have returned to Moscow within the past week, at about the same time senior Russian and Iranian officials tried unsuccessfully to resolve financial differences over the Bushehr nuclear reactor. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because their information was confidential.

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