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Iran says Russian phased plan still on the table

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-04820

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iranian ambassador to Moscow said Russian-proposed "step-by-step" approach is still on the table.

Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said Iran has received the reformed version of the plan suggested by Russia and has undergone some changes and added, "Our main principle in talks with P5+1 and Lavrov and Tehran Declaration is that we will not ignore what is our right, if we comply our commitments."

On July 13, 2011, Russia proposed the initial step-by-step approach, according to which Iran could address questions about its nuclear program and be rewarded with a gradual easing of sanctions.

Sajjadi said continuous talks between the two sides reflect Iranian and Russian will to settle the issue logically.

He continued the revised copy would not be the final version and it may undergo some other changes as well and that the issue seems unlikely to be finished just in one month.

"What was proposed by Lavrov on step-by-step approach is still on the table and the both sides are willing to work on the plan, so that the initiative will bear fruitful results."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran's policy has always sought leaving doors of talks open," he told ISNA.

The plan put forward by Russia separated the route taken by the West from the one chosen by Russia and China in the UN Security Council, the Iranian envoy added.

Iran is under 4 rounds of sanctions by the UN Security Council over its refusal to abandon peaceful nuclear work which it insists only seeks peaceful purposes. Also the U.S. and EU have imposed unilateral sanctions against Iran as well.

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