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Hillary Clinton, Russians clash publicly over Iran reactor

• By Megan K. Stack,
With Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at her side, the secretary of State reproaches Moscow for building and fueling the plant without assurances on weaponry. Lavrov stands his ground. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had barely arrived in Moscow for nuclear arms and Mideast talks when tensions over Iran flared up publicly Thursday. Meeting reporters alongside her Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Clinton reproached Moscow for building and fueling a nuclear power plant in Iran. Tehran is not entitled to generate nuclear energy for civilian purposes, Clinton said pointedly, until it puts to rest suspicion that it is secretly pursuing a nuclear weapons program. Earlier Thursday, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian-built reactor would begin to generate electricity in Iran as early as this summer.

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