Putin confirms his plans to visit Iran

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Moscow, Oct 15 (UNI) Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed his plans to visit Iran despite reported planned attack by suicide bombers to assassinate him in Tehran.

''You ask me if I am going to Iran or not. Certainly I am,'' Puitn told a press conference today in Wiesbaden, Germany, where he is currently on a visit.

''I would have stayed at home all the time if I had listened to various threats or recommendations from the security service. They must do their job, while Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel, other colleagues and I must do ours,'' Interfax news agency quoted him as saying.

Mr Putin also said attempts to intimidate Iran will make no sense. ''Intimidating anyone - in this case, the Iranian leadership or the Iranian people - will make no sense.

They are not afraid, believe me. But it would be wise to demonstrate patience and look for a way out,'' he said.

''If this problem is to be resolved, peaceful methods must be used, and we can cite examples where this was done - let us think back to the emotional discussion of the North Korean nuclear programme,''he added.

''We can now see positive changes occurring on the Korean Peninsula. We managed to gather patience and look for solutions consistently. It seems we are finding them. The same should be applied to the Iranian nuclear programme,'' Mr Putin added.

The Kremlin press service earlier today said it was uncertain whether Putin would go ahead with his visit to Iran.

Mr Putin was to arrive in Tehran today evening for his planned working visit scheduled for October 15-16.

Yesterday, the Interfax news agency reported quoting sources in the Russian special services that suicide bombers were plotting to kill Putin in Tehran.

During his visit, Mr Putin is due to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and attend the second Caspian summit of Russia, Iran,Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.

Mr Putin would be the first Russian leader to visit Tehran after Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin attended the famous Tehran conference with Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in 1943.

UNI

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