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Iran Not after Nuclear Arms: Russia

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 17 (ICANA) – Following a joint statement by China and Russia supporting Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Iran does not plan to produce nuclear arms.
Friday, June 17, 2011 11:46:02 AM
Iran Not after Nuclear Arms: Russia

“Iran does not plan to develop nuclear weapons and will take additional efforts to make its nuclear program more transparent,” the website for the state-run international radio broadcaster Voice of Russia quoted Lavrov as saying on Thursday.

The Russian foreign minister made the remarks during a press briefing on the tripartite talks between the presidents of Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia in the Kazakh capital of Astana on Wednesday.

Lavrov added that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had expressed his country's readiness to cooperate with the P5+1 -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany.

President Ahmadinejad was also positive about a proposal by his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev for Tehran's greater interaction with the P5+1 on the regulation of the Iranian nuclear program, the Russian foreign minister added.

"We heard the Iranian president's assurances that additional measures would be taken to increase the transparency of Iran's nuclear program in the framework of Tehran's contacts with the (the international Atomic Energy Agency) IAEA," Lavrov noted.

The US and its European allies have repeatedly raised allegations that Iran intends to eventually pursue a military objective in its nuclear program but have failed to provide any evidence to that effect.

Iran, meanwhile, vehemently rejects such allegations by citing countless inspections of the country's nuclear facilities by IAEA expert and insisting that no evidence has been found on any deviation of Tehran's nuclear program.

On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi highlighted the country's efforts aimed at creating more transparency regarding its nuclear program.

He said Iran is among very few countries that allow such levels of IAEA inspections, referring to Tehran's invitation of international experts to visit its nuclear facilities as yet another proof of the transparent and peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities.

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