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Russia Slams US, Israel for Intensifying Rhetoric against Iran

Source: Fars News Agency, Tehran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the US and Israel against their hostile rhetoric against Tehran, saying that a military strike against Iran over its nuclear program would be a serious mistake with unpredictable consequences.

Lavrov pointed out that there is no military solution to international conflicts as it can only increase the number of victims.

"We get evidence to that every day when we see how problems around Iran are being solved: whether it's in Iraq, or Afghanistan or what is happening in other countries of that region," the minister said on Monday, speaking at a joint media conference with his Irish counterpart Eamon Gilmore.

The Russian top diplomat stressed that any conflict can only be solved on the basis of principles approved by the international community and established by the United Nations Charter. The international law allows states to use force only in self-defense or when there is a respective resolution by the UN Security Council.

"Neither case is discernable so far and I hope it won't be," Lavrov said, as cited by Interfax.

According to the official, the resumption of the negotiations between Tehran and the Six-nation group (the Security Council's permanent five members plus Germany) is the only way to ease concerns around the Iranian nuclear issue.

He reminded that Moscow has been advancing its proposals on the solution to the current dead-clock situation for over a year.

"Our proposals remain on the negotiating table. I hope no actions will be taken that would willingly or unwillingly wreck the chances that still remain," Lavrov said.

Iran Nuclear Program

The comment followed last week's remarks by Israeli President Shimon Peres, who referred to Iran as "the greatest danger" for Tel Aviv and added that military action against the Islamic Republic may be taken soon.

As Western and Israeli anti-Iran rhetoric intensified, Tehran stated that the US is putting pressure on the IAEA. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi stressed on Saturday that the UN nuclear watchdog, as an independent organization, should not be influenced by big powers, and added that that such pressures are politically-motivated and lack technical credibility.

Iran has said that the documents which supposedly prove that it had progressed in the development of nuclear weapon are forged. Salehi noted that Americans had published similar data in the past.

Commenting earlier on the US accelerating plans to launch a strike against Iran, he said that Tehran was "prepared for the worst", and expressed hope that Washington "will think twice before they put themselves on a collision course with Iran."

Israel and its close ally the United States accuse Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, while they have never presented any corroborative document to substantiate their allegations. Both Washington and Tel Aviv possess advanced weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only. Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Iran has warned that it would target Israel and its worldwide interests in case it comes under attack by the Tel Aviv.

Iran has warned it could close the strategic Strait of Hormoz if it became the target of a military attack over its nuclear program.

Strait of Hormoz, the entrance to the strategic Persian Gulf waterway, is a major oil shipping route.

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