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13:03 | 2012-10-02

Nuclear

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Envoy: Russia Opposing Heavy Pressures against Iran's N. Program

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian officials are against any sanction on Iran outside the UN Security Council resolutions and oppose West's efforts to use Iran's nuclear issue as an excuse to exert further pressures on Iran, Tehran's Ambassador to Moscow Seyed Mahmoud Reza Sajjadi said.



"Russians have never said or held the belief that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program," Sajjadi told FNA on Tuesday, and added, "For that reason, Russia is emphasizing transparency on Iran's nuclear activities through legal means while it is strongly against the imposition of sanctions outside the UN resolutions, political pressures or threatening Iran with military action."

"Russians have realized that our insistence in the nuclear issue is not aimed at nuclear weapons but it is due to our opposition to the language of force," the envoy said, adding that Iran's nuclear activities are legal and Iran has provided the world with the necessary assurances of its peaceful nuclear program.

"Russians have stood firmly against the imposition of crushing economic and military pressures on Iran under the excuse of Iran's nuclear issue," the Iranian diplomat stated.

In August, the Russian foreign ministry underlined in a statement that the illegal unilateral sanctions imposed by the US against Iran could damage the relations between Moscow and Washington.

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 the West's demand 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. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.