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The Soviet Union is withdrawing about 800 technicians from economic projects in Iran because of Iraqi air strikes and lack of progress in improving relations with the Tehran government, East European diplomats in Iran reported. The sources said 500 Soviet technicians, who were working on a steel mill in Esfahan and on power plants in Esfahan and Ahvaz, have already left. Completion of the Soviet pullout has been delayed by Iran, which has been slow to grant exit visas to the 300 other technicians scheduled to go, the sources added.


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