Iran Sees Nuclear Issue Returning to IAEA

A0234441.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini said that Russia’s approach to Iran’s nuclear issue is more realistic compared to that of other members of the so- called 5+1 group.

He made the remark in an exclusive interview with the Russian News Agency Itar Tass. Turning to the favorable relations between the two countries, he said that Iran expects Russia to use its diplomatic means to return Iran’s nuclear dossier to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Hosseini dismissed resolving the issue through the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as improper and the continuation on this track will prove to be unsuccessful. “We believe that talks between the Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Larijani and the European Union Foreign High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana should continue based on early agreements to remove the ambiguities,” he added.

The spokesman underlined Iran’s opposition to the draft resolution on sanction against it and said that holding talks is the best way to satisfy all the parties involved in the nuclear issue. He stressed that sanctions threatened to be imposed against the country will hardly be effective.

“Iran’s nuclear activities are conducted within the framework of NPT and Iran fully cooperates with the agency and Iran’s nuclear facilities are being constantly inspected by IAEA inspectors,” he noted.

Concerning the upcoming visit of several high-ranking Russian officials to Iran in December, including Head of Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency Sergei Kiriyenko and Chairman of the State Anti-Drug Committee Viktor Cherkesov, Hosseini was asked to expound on Iran-Russia ties.

Turning to mutual ties as favorable, the Foreign Ministry official said that there are many common grounds for the development of cooperation in the economic sector.

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