Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, Emphasizes Continuation of Twin-Track Approach in Response to U.S. National Intelligence Report on Iran (Excerpts)

December 7, 2007

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Iran

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Question: In the course of the event in Annapolis Russia suggested that a Middle East event be held in Moscow. Has any new information appeared on this theme? How are the decisions made in Annapolis for an exit from this crisis being implemented? A second question relates to the initiative of Russia for resolving the crisis around the Iranian nuclear program, particularly after the troika's report on this question.

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Foreign Minister Lavrov: Answering the question on Iran: we are conscientious participants of the group of six countries: Russia, the US, China and three European states, which worked out their initiative position on solving the Iranian nuclear problem as early as 2005. This position envisages work on two tracks: a negotiation track, the IAEA and the activation of the capabilities of the UN Security Council solely in order to help the IAEA settle all the problems that arise in connection with the past Iranian nuclear program. To make certain that there is no military component in this program. The report you've mentioned confirms the data, which we also have, that the IAEA has not discovered that component there, at any rate, as of now. And the work of the IAEA must, of course, continue in Iran. This twin-track, which presupposes both the openness for talks and the activation of the Security Council to help the IAEA, was agreed upon. As we had agreed among us six, the Security Council should react to the development of the situation, depending on the way Iran's dialogue with the IAEA develops. We note favorably that Iran has begun to cooperate more actively with the IAEA and we count on this being full-scale cooperation.

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