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Russia, China not backing threats against Iran: Lavrov

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Beijing, May 16, IRNA
China and Russia will not support a draft resolution by the United Nations Security Council that authorizes military action or even threats to settle Iran's nuclear case, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Tuesday.

Lavrov was speaking to reporters after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Li Zhaoxing, in Beijing on Tuesday during which the two ministers once again stressed the need to settle Iran's nuclear case through diplomatic channels.

China and Russia, two of the UN Security Council's five permanent and veto-wielding powers, acknowledge Iran's right to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes based on the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Moscow and Beijing will not support any measure that authorizes the use of force against Tehran to settle its nuclear case, the Russian minister said, and called for resumption of talks for this purpose.

Beijing and Moscow have also expressed opposition to the invocation of Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the draft resolution sought to be passed this week against Iran in the Council.

Chapter 7 authorizes sanctions or even military force on a UN member that defies the Council's resolutions.


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