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Russia to prevent military action against Iran: Duma official


10:00, November 11, 2011

MOSCOW, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Russia will do everything possible to prevent a military strike on Iran and push forward political dialogue on Iran's nuclear issue, a State Duma senior official said Thursday.

According to State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee head Konstantin Kosachev, Russia would call on each side to show restraint and not to impose new sanctions against Iran.

"Military operations against Iran would only lead to serious consequences. Russia should try every effort to push the talks back to the right track," he was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

Kosachev also questioned the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the Iran nuclear issue, saying it didn't provide any new evidence to show Iran was developing nuclear weapons.

"We should wait for the experts' analysis on the report. It's too early to draw the conclusion that Iran has violated the obligations on nuclear nonproliferation and therefore deserves economic or military punishment," he said.

Recent tensions between Iran and the West over the sensitive issue have raised concerns that the United States and Israel may consider a possible military strike on Iran's nuclear sites.

In its latest report on Iran's nuclear program, released Tuesday, the IAEA said Iran had carried out "organized and systematic" activities "specific to nuclear weapons" at least until the end of 2003.

The Russian Foreign Ministry slammed the report as a "politicized compilation of well-known facts", warning it would undermine the international effort to defuse tensions on the issue.

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