Hosseini-Tash: Iran, Russia Discuss Outlines of Russian Offer on Nuclear Fuel Cycle

February 21, 2006

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Iran and Russia believe that Iranian nuclear program should be examined in the context of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and it should not be reported to United Nations Security Council.

Deputy Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Hosseini-Tash, who is in Moscow at the head of a delegation told IRNA that the negotiations indicated that there is positive prospect for development of cooperation between Iran and Russia in the field of producing nuclear energy.

"Russian offer needs to be taken into consideration, developed and completed in the context of bilateral cooperation," Hosseini-Tash said.

"The two countries have emphasized the need to resolve crisis over Iranian nuclear program within the UN specialized nuclear energy." He said that the two parties indicated during the talks that reporting Iranian nuclear program to UN Security Council would be detrimental to Iran-Russia cooperation on nuclear energy and were unanimous in not reporting Iran to the Security Council.

Hosseini-Tash said that the two parties agreed to base Russian offer as a common formula for bilateral cooperation in future.

Asked about the venue of carrying out Russian proposal for setting up of fuel cycle plant, he said that details of the plan including whereabouts of the plant and modality of partnership were not discussed.

"We discussed with Russian partners the outline of Russian offer to set up fuel cycle plant," he said.

He said that in his negotiations with Russian officials including the secretary of Russian National Security Council they reached agreement on envisaging the political, technical and economic aspects of Russian offer.

Iran-Russia nuclear talks were held in Kremlin on Monday and at Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.

The Iranian delegation held talks with Secretary of Russian National Security Council Igor Ivanov and his deputy Valentin Sobolev.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyac was also present in the meetings.

In the meantime, the Iranian delegation left Moscow for Tehran at the end of negotiations.