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Russian FM urges 'road map' for resolving Iranian nuclear deadlock

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, Feb 5, IRNA -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday called for a 'road map' geared at overcoming the impasse over Iran's nuclear program.

Speaking at the 47th Munich Security Conference, Lavrov said, 'It becomes absolutely clear that unless we develop some kind of road map to get to the point where we all want to get, there would be no progress.'

'We need to develop a very clear step-by-step action plan. I believe this is a do-able, at least some of my colleagues in the 3 plus 3 share this approach and we would be working with it . I don't see any other way out of this situation except negotiations ..., he added.

Lavrov cited the 2005 North Korean nuclear agreement as a successful example of such a step-by-step action plan.

Meanwhile, Russia's top diplomat said that 'the sanction threat has been exhausted.'

The Conference was first established during the Cold War, when it focused on the divisions of Europe and the importance of the trans-Atlantic relationship.

With the collapse of the communist system in 1989-90, and the countries of Eastern and Central Europe now integrated into the E.U. and the NATO alliance, the conference Friday shifted to wider, global issues, particularly the consequences of the global financial crisis of 2008-9.

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