No evidence Iran working on military N-programme: Russia

Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 15:16

Frankfurt: There is no evidence Iran may be working on a military nuclear programme, but anyway that country must provide answers to a number of key questions from the International Atomic Energy Agency and to take into account the legitimate concerns of the UN Security Council in order to avoid new sanctions, Russian
Foreign Minister said.

Sergei Lavrov said the questions concerned Iran`s uranium enrichment work and heavy water-related projects.

"Tehran has failed to comply with a number of UN Security
Council requirements, and it has taken certain steps that run counter to these requirements," the Russian foreign minister was quoted yesterday by a news daily Handelsblatt.

He recalled that Iran had begun to independently enrich uranium to a 20-percent degree and made a decision to build 10 new uranium enrichment plants.

"Naturally the question arises of a new UN Security Council resolution on Iran," he agreed.

Lavrov said that in the sextet of international mediators for the settlement of the Iranian nuclear problem "practical work along these lines has been underway for sometime”.

"All of those involved in that process have their own opinion of the likely extra measures to be taken towards Iran," he said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 15:16

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