دوشنبه ۲۰ آذر ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۰۴:۳۰
Russia Pledges Continued Nuclear Cooperation With Iran
During his two-day visit to Iran, which ended on Monday, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov, after a series of meetings with Iranian top officials, said that his country welcomes any progress in Iran’s relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Referring to Iran’s uranium enrichment program, Mr. Lavrov said that “the fact that Iran is freezing the [program], is an important confidence-building measure”.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Kamal kharazi, for his part, said that Iran’s nuclear power engineering program is “implemented under IAEA supervision and ... is Iran’s legitimate right”.
The same view was voiced today by Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Hassan Rowhani who insisted that Iran would only remain committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the relevant protocol if her use of peaceful technology is recognized. Mr. Rowhani who is also the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, added that his country “looks upon trust-building measures as positive, but only on the condition that Iran’s legitimate and legal rights are respected internationally.”
Shortly before his departure from Tehran today, the Russian Foreign Minister said in a press conference that his country opposes the referral of Iran’s nuclear activity to the UN’s Security Council. Reuter news agency reported last week that Russia might bend under international pressure and delay the finalization of the Bushehr nuclear power station agreement with Iran, but Mr. Lavrov said that, “cooperation with Iran is maintained on a bilateral basis and not under pressure from any third country”. This view is shared by Dr. Aghaaii Diba, professor of International Relations in the United States who told Radio Farda that such pressures had always been exerted on Russia in the past with the minor effect of delaying some aspects of the Busher’s project in short term, but never totally influenced Russia and Iran’s will to continue their cooperation for building the Bushehr nuclear power station.