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Iran lawmakers reject Russia's nuclear proposals

RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, July 16 (RIA Novosti) - Iranian lawmakers on Saturday dismissed Russia's "step-by-step" approach on Iran's nuclear program as a bid to revive Moscow's own political influence in the region, Press TV reported.

The approach, laid out by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday, would enable Iran to address questions from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over its nuclear program.

MP Mohammad Karami-Rad said Iran has already responded to questions and ambiguities regarding its nuclear program, adding that "new conditions for resuming negotiations are not acceptable."

Lavrov suggested Iran could revive negotiations to alleviate IAEA concerns about its nuclear activities and be rewarded by partial removal of sanctions.

Iran insists that as an IAEA member and a signatory to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it has the right to the peaceful applications of nuclear energy for electricity generation and medical research.

Karami-Rad's remarks echo comments by Alaeddin Boroujerdi, head of Iran's Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, who also dismissed the Russian proposal as "repetitious."

Tehran says it has been fully cooperative with the Agency over its nuclear program, urging the body not to be swayed by certain Western countries.

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