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Lavrov calls to abstain from emotional statements on missile defense in Iran deal context

July 15, 2015, 20:27 UTC+3
This is an agreement that reliably ensures the absence of any military component in Iran’s nuclear activity, Russian Foreign Minister says
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

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TASHKENT, July 15. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday called to abstain from emotional statements until the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program is studied.

"Any emotional statements regarding the reached agreement should probably be postponed until all states have studied the reached deal," Lavrov said while commenting on Israel’s reaction to the deal on the Iranian atom.

"It contains a reliable, checkable, fair balance that ensures not only implementation but also strengthening of the nonproliferation regime for nuclear weapons, which ensures Iran’s right for nuclear activity, and purely peaceful nuclear activity," he said.

"This is an agreement that reliably ensures the absence of any military component in Iran’s nuclear activity. It creates a verification mechanism of the International Atomic Energy Agency with participation of countries that drafted the deal," the minister said.

"And documents that were approved outline clear unambiguous procedures that make it possible to make sure at each stage of the deal that no one is giving up their commitments," he said.

"As regards the statement from Washington that the US missile defense in Europe is still necessary, and they refer to Iran’s missile program, I will recall that the Vienna agreement envisions that the missile program of Iran will not develop for eight years," Lavrov said.

"There can be no contribution to the program from outside. The mechanisms of check that have been agreed and approved give grounds to believe with full confidence that it will be like that," he said.

On Tuesday, the Israeli Security Cabinet ruled that Tel Aviv is not bound by commitments within the framework of the deal reached by Iran and the six international negotiators on its nuclear program (P5+1), and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Vienna agreement "a historical-scale mistake."

Iran says it needs nuclear power to generate electricity, but Western powers led by the United States claim Tehran's eventual aim is to create nuclear weapons.

The P5+1 is the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and France - plus Germany.

On Tuesday, Iran and the P5+1 ended the many-year marathon of coordinating agreements to settle Iran’s nuclear program. As a result, a comprehensive joint plan of action was agreed consisting of the main document and five technical supplements. Besides, a draft resolution was agreed, which all participants of the talks will soon submit as co-authors to the consideration of the United Nations Security Council.

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