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UPDATED: 08:22, September 06, 2005
Russia sees no need to submit Iranian nuclear issue to UN
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Russia does not think that a UN Security Council debate on the Iranian nuclear program is necessary, Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Monday.

"Moscow sees no reason to submit the question of the Iranian nuclear program to the UN Security Council," Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Yakovenko said, following the issue of a report by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the application of IAEA safeguards in Iran.

Russia expects that the session of the IAEA Board of Governors scheduled on Sept. 19 will discuss the report and work out further steps aimed at settling the remaining issues, Yakovenko said.

The Foreign Ministry Monday said in a press release that the IAEA report had been compiled in keeping with an Aug. 11 resolution of the Board of Governors that discussed the Iranian nuclear program following Iran's partial withdrawal from the voluntary moratorium on enriching uranium.

The report "stresses steady progress in clarifying the agency's remaining questions to Iran and in taking measures to correct Iran 's past mistakes in implementing the agreement on safeguards," says the release.

"No new violations of nonproliferation commitments by Iran were discovered," the Russian ministry underlined in the release.

However, "there remain several questions to Iran concerning its past nuclear activities that require additional IAEA investigation in cooperation with Iran," the ministry release noted.

Iran announced that it is ready to break UN seals at a uranium processing plant in August, and refused to accept the plan suggested by the European Union (EU) on settlement of the nuclear issue.

Recently, the EU and the United States have threatened to submit the Iranian nuclear issue to the UN Security Council, if Iran refuses to return to the negotiating table.

Source: Xinhua

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