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Russia charts the path to global confidence in nuclear Iran

December 09, 2013, 14:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian diplomats are urging the six world powers preparing for new talks on Iran's nuclear ambitions to engage in restoring global confidence in Tehran's peaceful nuclear power
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MOSCOW, December 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian diplomats are urging the six world powers preparing for new talks on Iran's nuclear ambitions to engage in restoring global confidence in "the exclusively peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear program”.

Constructive negotiations between Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia would "undoubtedly have a favorable effect on the situation in the Middle East and will facilitate creation of a zone free from weapons of mass destruction," the statement said as Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prepared to visit Tehran on December 11.

Such negotiations would help overcome "recent threatening trends" pointing to the use of force, the ministry said, hoping that all parties "will work constructively, as they did in Geneva, and show political will to find a final and mutually acceptable solution to restore confidence of the international community in the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program”.

Agreements reached in Geneva on November 24, "will make it possible to resolve a number of most serious concerns about the nature and the orientation of Iran’s nuclear activities,” the statement said, adding that the joint plan of action stipulated that “specific measures should be taken in concert with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to expand the Iranian nuclear program’s transparency.”

Parallel to the first priority steps being taken, talks would seek a final comprehensive solution,” the ministry said, opening "a prospect for the full realization of Iran’s rights as a party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty". This would include "the right to uranium enrichment" and the gradual easing of sanctions.

“Much will depend now on further implementation of the agreements reached”, the ministry statement said.

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