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UPDATED: 08:26, August 18, 2005
Russia warns against pressure on Iran in nuclear standoff
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Russia on Wednesday warned against using force to restrain Iran from its nuclear activity, saying such a step could result in "grave consequences," the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

"Questions arising in connection with Iran's activity in the nuclear sphere should be solved through political and diplomatic methods, on the basis of norms of international law and within the framework of Tehran's cooperation with the IAEA," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin was quoted as saying.

According to the spokesman, the Board of Directors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), "has urged Iran to get back within the regime of voluntary moratorium on sensitive atomic work and at the same time confirmed a sovereign right of states to develop and use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes."

Russia favors further dialogue and believes the use of force against Iran would be "counter-productive and dangerous," he said, adding such steps may bring about "grave consequences."

The spokesman stressed that Russia sees the solution to Iran's nuclear issue solely within the field of expert consultations and diplomatic talks without the whipping up of propaganda and political confrontation.

Iran resumed uranium conversion at its nuclear facility in Isfahan on Aug. 8, while pledging its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

Fearing the step could lead to Iran's acquirement of nuclear bombs, US President George W. Bush has said the use of force is an option if Tehran refuses to halt its nuclear program.

Washington also says it will work closely with the European trio -- Britain, France and Germany -- to resolve the the nuclear standoff.

Source: Xinhua

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