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Russian FM: No definite proposal on Iran presented to UNSC

Moscow, Oct 23, IRNA-Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Monday that no definite proposal on Iran's nuclear issue has been presented to the United Nations Security Council and that neither is any discussion on the matter currently underway.

He made the remark in response to a question whether the issue will be examined by the UNSC in October, while attending a press conference.

Concerning his country's veto right on Iran's nuclear issue at the council, he said, "Fortunately, or unfortunately, there is no point in using it." Some news agencies had earlier reported issue of a UNSC draft resolution on Iran over the current week.

"Negotiation on the issue is currently underway, during which the main goals of the so called 5+1 group based on the decisions of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and UNSC about the treaty banning weapons of mass destruction should be taken into consideration," he noted.

Lavrov hoped that such exchange of views will prepare the ground for better understanding of the actual conditions and reaching agreement on holding talks.

The Russian minister said that his country will do its best to facilitate this.

Russia has repeatedly underlined its opposition to sanctions against Iran at UN Security Council meetings and has called such an approach as non-constructive.

Recently he referred to lack of any evidence proving Iran's deviation from peaceful nuclear path to military and said that Russia disapproves of pressurizing Iran by imposing sanctions against it.

In a meeting with Russian officials on Saturday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice attempted to attract their approval of being hard on Iran, but failed, according to Russia's political circles.

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