Iran-Russian nuclear deal 'consistent' with NPT, says Straw
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
London, June 22, IRNA
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw Tuesday rejected a call to raise concerns with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov or other G8 foreign ministers over Moscow's nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that it was "consistent" with the Non-proliferation Treaty.
"Russia is under contract first to provide both the design of the nuclear power plant at Bushehr in Iran and also to supply it with fuel and that is consistent with both Russia and Iran's obligations under the NPT," Straw told Labour MP Eric Illsley during Foreign Affairs questions in parliament.
The Foreign Secretary said that London felt "concern about the enrichment, reprocessing and conversion facilities which Iran has inside the country."
"The international community remains perplexed about the scale of this fuel cycle programme in Iran given that they only have one (nuclear) power station coming on stream and all the fuel for that is due to come from Russia," he said.
Straw confirmed that he would meet Lavrov at a meeting with other G8 foreign ministers in London on Wednesday ahead of next month's summit of industrial countries.
He also hoped to hold bilateral talks with his Russian counterpart.
Referring to the Paris Declaration, Straw stressed reiterated that the European side had undertaken "to present proposals to Iran by end of July or beginning of August."
"Officials are currently working on the proposals which will include objective guarantees that Iran's nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes," Straw said.
He further explained that the proposals would also include "economical and technological cooperation assurances of fuel supply and a political and security framework."
The Foreign Secretary said that he shared the view that Iran is a "very, very important country" and that the ongoing negotiations are "critical."
Noting that London relations with Tehran were "strictly government-to-government as they are with any other sovereign sate of the United Nations," Straw said that he had no discussions with any of the Iranian presidential candidates.
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