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9/18/07

Russia, China Express Concern About Possible Use of Force Against Iran

By VOA News

Russia and China have expressed concern about the possible use of force against Iran, following a comment from France warning of the prospect of war over Tehran's nuclear program.

Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow is worried by reports that there is serious consideration being given to military action against Iran. He made the comment after talks in Moscow with French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Beijing is opposed to what it called the unbridled threat of the use of force in international affairs.

On Sunday, French Foreign Minister Kouchner said the world should prepare for the possibility of war against Iran, if nuclear negotiations fail.

But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday dismissed the warning, saying it was a comment intended for the media that should not be taken seriously.

On Monday, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, called talk of war with Iran "hype," and said he does not believe the international community has reached a point where it should be discussing attacking Iran.

The United States and other Western nations accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian energy program. Iran denies the charge and says it will not give up its nuclear activities.

The United States and its allies are urging the U.N. Security Council to impose a third set of sanctions on Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium. Highly enriched uranium can be used to build an atomic weapon.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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