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No decision on Iran's nuclear programme: Russia

Written by: Staff

Moscow, Apr 19: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today said no decision was taken at the six-nation talks on Iranian nuclear programme here yesterday.

''No decisions or final documents were issued, and there was no such goal, because we are all convinced that it is necessary to wait for a report by IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei on the Iranian nuclear programme by the end of this month,'' Mr Lavrov told mediapersons after talks with his New Zealand counterpart Winston Peters.

He said Russia hoped that a report by ElBaradei on Iran's nuclear problem will be first considered by the IAEA Board of Governors, and then by the UN Security Council.

''All the participants at yesterday's meeting were unanimous that Iran must take prompt and constructive steps in response to a decision to be made by the IAEA Board of Governors,'' Mr Lavrov said.

He pointed out that deputy foreign ministers of all five permanent Security Council members (Russia, China, US, Britain, France) and Germany, exchanged opinions at the talks on further steps on the long-standing impasse on Iranian nuclear programme.

The Russian leader said that they agreed to continue talks in different formats to persuade Tehran to take into account the world community's concerns on Iranian nuclear programme.

''This would encourage a political resolution to the diplomatic conflict,'' Mr Lavrov noted.

Mr ElBaradei visited Tehran on April 13 after Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had successfully produced low-enriched uranium.


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