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Moscow stresses nuclear cooperation with Iran: Russian FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Moscow, June 24, IRNA
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Friday his country's nuclear cooperation with Iran is fully transparent and within the framework of international regulations.

Lavrov, in an interview with the Russian newspaper `Trud', said Russia's peaceful nuclear cooperation with Iran has no secret point.

Russia's cooperation with Iran is based on fulfillment of the international commitments by the two sides under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he added.

Russia believes that Iran, as an IAEA member state and a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, has right to expand its atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

He reiterated that his country has enjoyed cooperation with Iran on peaceful nuclear program during the recent years adding that Russia participated in construction of a nuclear power plant in Iran under condition of mandatory return of used nuclear fuel to Russia.

The minister stressed that Russia adopts its policy on peaceful nuclear cooperation with Tehran on the basis of bilateral agreements and with regard to decisions made by the IAEA, the United Nations and other international organizations.

Lavrov said Russia and the EU troika, enjoying common interest and goal, seek diplomatic solution to Iran's atomic case.

Referring to Iran's agreement with the EU troika on suspension of uranium enrichment program and close cooperation with the IAEA, he said the agreement was reinforced in the Board of Governors.

He voiced his country's support for the agreement and said Russia will make separate contacts with troika and Iran on the issue.

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