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Russian MP criticizes IEAE’s accusations against Iran

November 10, 2011, 21:37 UTC+3

A scenario of this kind was quite predictable after the spring revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia

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MOSCOW, November 10 (Itar-Tass) — Charges with developing the nuclear weapons that have been issued to Iran by the U.S., France and Israel after the publication of a supplement to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s report may be part and parcel of a long-term strategy to attain a forcible change of power in the Islamic Republic or to instigate unrest there, a senior Russian MP said Thursday.

A scenario of this kind was quite predictable after the spring revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, said Konstantin Kosachev, the chairman of the State Duma committee for foreign policy.

“I am not a prophet but I wrote back in February that the next countries the ‘Arab spring’ might creep to were Libya, Syria and eventually Iran,” Kosachov said.

As he answered a question from Itar-Tass, he also commented on the emergence of a new report by the IAEA. The astonishing feature of the document is that agency does not cite practically whatever new data on Iran’s ostensible development of nuclear weapons, although it accuses the Iranian government of activity in that area.

“Even more astonishing are the assertions that Iran might have started developing the nukes prior to 2003, since they provide grounds for the charges against today’s Iran and its leadership,” Kosachev said.

He believes the IAEA report is not conducive to making the outright conclusions that Iran went back on its promises to the agency and that it deserves punishment or sanctions or the use of force against it.

Kosachev dismissed the statements of Western political leaders about the possibility of an upcoming military operation against Iran, calling them extremely dangerous.

“Allegations of this kind make a dialogue with Teheran devoid of any sense,” he said, adding that he believes the dialogue between Iran and the six negotiating foreign nations – the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany – is far from exhausted.

“A way out of the Iranian stalemate is to be found in the political dialogue only,” Kosachov said. “A military operation may have unpredictable aftermaths and may entail very serious losses on the part of the states that will commit their forces to it.”

As for Russia, he believes Moscow should make maximum efforts now to calm down the passions and to return the debates to the track of expert discussions, preventing any radical and irreparable actions against Teheran at the same time.

“This is a duty we as a nuclear power should perform in front of the international community’s eyes,” Kosachov said.


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