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Russian FM reaffirms "no proof" of Iranian nuclear arms program

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, April 28, IRNA -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated that contrary to western claims there was "no proof" that Iran is having a nuclear weapons program.

In a guest editorial for Wednesday's edition of the Duesseldorf-based business daily Handelsblatt, Lavrov wrote that the hype over Iran's nuclear program was highlighted "by various (western) speculations and allegations which are not proven."

He added Russia's assessment of Iran's nuclear program was based on the information provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

According to the UN nuclear watchdog, all the material declared by Iran are under the full control of the IAEA which has not found any conversion of the material for non-declared purposes, Lavrov said.

At any rate, IAEA inspectors would have immediately reported such a conversion, if such an attempt would have taken place, he said.

The IAEA has repeatedly said it found no evidence that Tehran's nuclear program was diverted for military purposes.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1084035



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