Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Russia says military action against Iran would be a serious problem

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that military action against Iran would be a "very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences". Lavrov said diplomacy was the only way to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem.

His comments follow the news that Israel's President Shimon Peres' announced that an attack on the Islamic Republic was inevitable. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to reveal whether or not Iran is developing nuclear weapons. The IAEA report due out this week is expected to provide compelling evidence of Iran's nuclear activities that the country will reportedly find impossible to dismiss.

Iran has continually insisted that its nuclear programme was designed for civilian purposes only. The country's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said the alleged evidence is a fabrication and part of a multi-pronged US smear campaign against his country.

Asked to comment on Peres' views, Lavrov said: "Our position on this issue is well-known: this would be a very serious mistake fraught with unpredictable consequences."

For his part Peres told the press that the “only path for removing concerns is to create every possible condition" to resume the talks between Iran and six world powers - including Russia, which broke down in December last year. He noted: "I don't think that any decision has already been made, but there is an impression that Iran is getting closer to nuclear weapons."

It is thought that the evidence in the report includes intelligence that Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead, as well as satellite images of what the IAEA believes is a large steel container used for high-explosives tests related to nuclear arms.

Sources: Press TV, BBC News, The Guardian

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