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15:20 | 2009-02-28


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Russia Denies Role in Iran Sanction Plan

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia's UN envoy said the country has not been included in talks on a new EU plan to toughen sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

Reports indicate that the US allies in Europe - France, Germany and the UK - have prepared a proposal to impose sanctions on 34 Iranian institutions and 10 individuals who allegedly help develop Iran's nuclear program.

The list includes the Sharif University of Technology, which offers a nuclear physics engineering program to the countries brightest, press tv reported.

"If they have any discussions to that effect, we are not part of them," Ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters on Friday.

Speaking after a UN Security Council meeting, Churkin said Iran's nuclear issue should be resolved through incentives and not sanctions.

"We have been talking with our partners in this group of six (5+1) about the need to produce incentives for Iranians to cooperate based on the well-known package of the six," he said.

The diplomat was referring to a Western package of political and economic incentives recently presented to Iran to convince the country to halt its uranium enrichment program.

The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - to which Tehran is a signatory - grants Iran the right to enrich uranium for civilian purposes.

"Everybody is looking forward to the start of dialogue between the US and Iran," Churkin said in reference to US President Barack Obama's promise of a "principled and sustained engagement" with Iran.