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Iran's nuclear dossier to be merely assessed by IAEA

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, Oct 24, IRNA
The foreign ministers of Iran and Russia, addressing a joint press conference after their two-hour meeting in Moscow Monday, underlined that Iran's nuclear issue can merely be examined within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations.

For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that during the meeting cooperation between the two countries in all domains were discussed, which followed the recent talks held by President Vladimir Putin and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"Collaboration on the affairs related to the Caspian Sea, known as the sea of peace and friendship, promotion of security and blocking any subversive measures in the sea were stressed during the meeting," he added.

Turning to Iran-Russia collaboration within the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), he noted that both countries' approach towards Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Lebanon, in particular with respect to smuggling of drugs, were among the matters on which both sides share common views.

Urging that all the issues related to Iran's atomic dossier should be solved through the UN nuclear watchdog, he said, "We should use all facilities towards restoring Iran's inalienable rights for access to peaceful use of nuclear technology. Meanwhile, attempts should be made to put an end to any relevant suspicions.

"We decided to further discuss the matter with the three European Union members, including Britain, France and Germany, in order to come up with a proper outcome.

Addressing the media, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that the heads of the two states are determined to raise the level of bilateral relations and that exchange of political visits would contribute to this end.

He pointed to cooperation on the Caspian Sea affairs, campaign against narcotics, cooperation with SCO and the eastern states as some of the joint approaches of the two states.

"Concerning nuclear issue, peaceful use of atomic energy was discussed during the meeting and an agreement was reached on assessment of the relevant dossier only within the IAEA framework.

"According to our doctrine, nuclear weapons are banned and we do not plan to develop nuclear weapons. However, we would insist on our rights to nuclear technology based on NPT," he added.

Mottaki arrived in Moscow this morning to meet Russian officials and exchange views on bilateral and international developments.


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