Iran, Russia likely to discuss Iran's nuclear issue

08:53, August 03, 2011      

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Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Tuesday that Iran and Russia will possibly discuss Iran's nuclear issue in the upcoming visit of a senior Russian official to Tehran, the local satellite Press TV reported.

In the upcoming visit to Tehran by Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of Russian National Security Council, "Various issues including bilateral ties and regional developments will be discussed," Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

Iran's "peaceful" nuclear program will possibly be discussed with the Russian official too, said the spokesman.

On Tuesday, Press TV reported that Patrushev will visit Tehran on August 15.

The Iran spokesman emphasized Tehran's determination to pursue its civilian nuclear activities that are "carried out based on mutual commitments between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," said the report.

In July, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called for " phased" approach to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff whereby Iran would address international concerns and the questions raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency about its nuclear activities in a staged schedule and in return economic sanctions imposed on Iran would be removed in a staged manner over time.

On Tuesday, Mehmanparast said that the Islamic Republic is currently receiving the details of Russia's "phased" approach proposal and Iranian officials are negotiating the plan.

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