Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Russia-Iran interaction doesn`t threaten non-proliferation: Lavrov

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, March 2, Itar-Tass/ACSNA/IRNA -- Russian Foreign Minister 
Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday Moscow`s interaction with Tehran in 
building the nuclear power plant in Bushehr does not pose a threat to 
the regime of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. 
Lavrov said so when talking with Russian reporters discussing in 
London the Iranian theme with his counterparts from Great Britain, 
Germany, France and the United States. 
"There was a period many years ago when the United States had 
problems with this project. But now this period is far behind. At 
present, nobody doubts that our interaction in building the Bushehr 
nuclear power plant does not pose any threat to the regime of non 
proliferation of nuclear weapons," he said. 
The Russian-Iranian project, implemented under full control of the
International Atomic Energy Agency, is absolutely transparent. "This 
project envisions the return of spent fuel," the diplomat emphasized, 
adding that Moscow and Tehran had lately signed the relevant 
agreement. 
Moscow gives all details to its partners, so there exist no 
concerns, far less alarm, Lavrov said. 
He noted that Russia maintains contact with the European `trio` 
which negotiates with Tehran over the fulfilling of the accords 
between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency. 
"It`s important to continue non-resumption of Iran`s uranium 
enrichment program in exchange for discussing guarantees of the 
peaceful development of Iran`s nuclear power generation, the solution 
of economic problem and the consideration of Iran`s participation in 
regional political processes," Lavrov said in London on Tuesday. 
The United States attaches an important significance to this 
problem, he went on to say. "We discussed with the United States, 
Great Britain, France and Germany ways to continue this line," he 
noted, adding, "given the fact that the European trio plays the 
leading role," while Russia, too, develops cooperation with Iran in 
the light of existing accords. 
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