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16:46 | 2009-09-11

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Russian Expert Slams Futile Western Sanctions against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- A leading Russian nuclear expert lashed out at western sanctions against Iran, saying they are useless in finding a solution to the stalemate over Tehran's nuclear program.

Addressing a high-profile international nuclear conference in Berlin on Thursday evening, Vladimir Orlov who heads the Russian Center for Policy Studies said, "More sanctions don't work, particularly in the case of Iran."

He stressed western sanctions against Iran would only "satisfy their own egos."

Orlov added that Iran must be engaged by the West to find a settlement to the nuclear dispute, the Islamic republic news agency reported.

The Russian scholar slammed the condescending attitude of the west vis-a-vis Iran when dealing with the nuclear issue.

Orlov made clear that Iran should be "treated normally and equally" like other
members of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He lambasted western double-standards with regards to Iran's nuclear program.

"Let's not be too hypocritical," said Orlov, pointing out that while western allies like Brazil and Japan were allowed to develop peaceful atomic energy, Iran was pressured to be prevented from having a civilian nuclear program.

"All those in good standing with the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty) should have the right to develop peaceful nuclear energy," he added.

Meanwhile, Orlov branded Israel and its nuclear arms program as the "key
destabilizer in the Middle East."

He emphasized that if this issue is not addressed properly by the international
community, next year's NPT review conference would fail.

Israel has stockpiled hundreds of atomic weapons and is one of four nuclear-armed countries not recognized as a nuclear weapons state by the NPT.