Press Conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson on Possibility of Use of Force Against Iran

August 17, 2005

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Question: Has the Russian Foreign Ministry taken notice of the reports that have appeared in the mass media about a possible use of force to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem?

Answer: We believe issues arising in connection with Iran's nuclear activities should be tackled by politico-diplomatic methods, on the basis of the rules of international law, within the framework of close cooperation by Teheran with the IAEA. The resolution of the Agency's Board of Governors, recently adopted by consensus, contains a call to Iran to get back to the regime of a voluntary moratorium on sensitive nuclear work and simultaneously reaffirms the sovereign right of states to develop and utilize nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

We perceive a resolution to problems associated with the Iranian nuclear program solely in the field of expert consultations and diplomatic negotiations, without whipping up propaganda and political confrontationism, advocate continued dialogue, and regard as counterproductive and dangerous the use of force against Iran, of which hardly anyone can predict the grave consequences.