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Iran says Russia's proposal can help resume "talks on peaceful nuclear cooperation"

(Xinhua)

13:23, August 17, 2011

TEHRAN, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Tuesday that Russia's "phased" approach proposal on Iran's nuclear issue can help resume "talks on peaceful nuclear cooperation", the state IRIB TV website reported.

Jalili, also Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), told reporters after two rounds of talks with his visiting Russian counterpart that "the proposals of our Russian friends can be a ground for the initiation of the talks for regional and international cooperation, especially for peaceful nuclear activities," said the report.

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, heading a delegation, arrived in Tehran on Monday for talks including Iran's nuclear issue.

In July, the Russian foreign minister called for a "phased" approach to resolve Iran's nuclear standoff whereby Iran would address concerns and 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.

"I think there is a vast area of cooperation between Iran and Russia," Jalili said, adding that "talks for cooperation" and "the strategy of talk-cooperation" can be "a good mechanism" and the strategy of Iran has been "dialogue for cooperation."

"The G5+1 (namely five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) and us (Islamic Republic), can build up the ground for such cooperation," Jalili was quoted as saying.

On Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast stressed the importance of holding "constant" consultations with Russia on leading bilateral and international issues, the local satellite Press TV reported.

Consultations between Iran and Russia can lead to important cooperation on mutual, regional and international fields, Mehmanparast was quoted as saying.

About Russia's "phased" approach, the Iranian spokesman said that the Islamic Republic has not received the proposed plan "officially and completely" yet. Mehmanparast added "we will discuss details of the plan and express our views upon its receipt," according to Press TV.


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