No Proof Iran Building Nuclear Weapons - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

There is no proof that Iran is working toward the creation ofnuclear weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said onThursday.

However in order for UN sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic tobe lifted, Iran must prove its nuclear program has a 100% peacefulcharacter, Lavrov told the U.S. PBS TV channel.

Any attack on Iran would have “negative” consequences for the region, he warned.
Russia had voted in favor of the UN sanctions against Iran in orderto demonstrate that it would not stand for any violation of thenonproliferation regime, he went on.
Lavrov also urged Iran to comply fully with the demands of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

International pressure on Iran increased in early February whenTehran announced it had begun enriching uranium to 20 percent in lieuof an agreement on an exchange that would provide it with fuel for aresearch reactor.

In June, the UN Security Council passed a resolution imposing a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

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