Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has underlined the need for a final solution to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program that will ensure the Islamic Republic’s right to develop peaceful nuclear technology.
In an address to Russia’s upper house of parliament in Moscow on Wednesday, Lavrov said such a solution should also ensure the international community of the peaceful nature of Iran’s atomic activities.
“With our partners, we will continue to search for a wider solution that will ensure the confidence of the international community in the peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program and will guarantee the right of Iran to develop peaceful nuclear energy under the control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” the Russian foreign minister said.
On November 24, Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany inked an interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva to set the stage for the full resolution of the dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.
As part of the Geneva deal, it was agreed that in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities, the Islamic Republic would be provided with a certain amount of sanctions relief and no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran for six months.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that Tehran is determined to reach a final agreement with the six major world powers, resolve the nuclear dispute, and allay any reasonable concerns about its nuclear energy program.
The top Iranian nuclear negotiator, however, said that the West must also show its seriousness by “taking proper steps and adopting a constructive approach.”
Lavrov went on to say in his parliament speech that the settlement of the Iranian nuclear issue will make unnecessary the long-touted Western-built missile system in Europe.
“We presume that the solution of problems related to the Iranian nuclear program should lead to a revision of the concept of the US missile defense network in Europe. In fact, the solution of the Iranian nuclear problem will do away with the premise that explained the need for the deployment of missile defense in Europe,} he said.
NATO is currently rolling out its new Europe-wide missile system, which will include two bases close to the Russian border in Romania and Poland.
Russia has long protested the establishment of such bases on its borders. Moscow has called for shared control of any such system, saying that the aim of the system is to encircle Russia; but Washington claims the bases are directed against “threatening” states.
By Press TV
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