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Russia: No signs of military aspect in Iran nuclear program
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
Thu Sep 6, 2012 7:38AM
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We, as before, see no signs that there is a military dimension to Iran's nuclear program. No signs."

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has strongly defended the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear activities, saying there is no evidence that Tehran’s atomic program has a military aspect.


“We, as before, see no signs that there is a military dimension to Iran's nuclear program. No signs," Interfax news agency quoted Ryabkov as saying on Thursday.

“We see something different - that there is nuclear material ... in Iran that is under the control of inspectors, specialists of the International Atomic Energy Agency. This nuclear material is not being shifted to military needs, this is officially confirmed by the IAEA,” he added.

Ryabkov also warned against an attack on Iran over its nuclear program, saying the repercussions of a military action will be disastrous both for the region and the world.

"We warn those who are no strangers to military solutions ... that this would be harmful, literally disastrous for regional stability and would set off deep shocks in the security and economic spheres that would reverberate far beyond the boundaries of the Middle East region," he said.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with the Israeli regime repeatedly threatening Tehran with a military strike to pressure it to halt its nuclear energy work.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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