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News number: 9103085480

16:56 | 2012-07-07

Nuclear

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Russian Official: No Evidence of Diversion in Iran's N. Program

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Russian defense official blasted the western states for their allegations against Iran's peaceful nuclear program, and said no evidence has been found to indicate a diversion in the country's nuclear activities.



Chairman of the Russian Defense Ministry's Public Council Igor Korotchenko made the remarks, lashing out at the West for leveling allegations against Iran's nuclear energy program as a pretext to put Tehran under pressure.

He also reiterated that there has been no evidence of military diversion in the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under four rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.

Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for the other third-world countries.