Russia urges Iran to speed up cooperation on nuclear issues
AFPMOSCOW--Russia on Wednesday urged Iran to speed up its answers to the U.N. nuclear watchdog addressing suspicions that Tehran is operating an atomic weapons program.
January 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said world powers had questions “about what may be — has been or is — a military component to the nuclear program.
“Iran has underscored its desire to fully agree this document (on clearing up the suspicions),” Lavrov told reporters.
“We think that our Iranian colleagues could be doing this a little faster.”
His comments came as Tehran proposed Cairo as the venue for the next meeting with the so-called P5+1 — the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany.
Those talks run in parallel with the ones Iran is holding with the International Atomic Energy Agency and focus on different issues.
A top Russian official had earlier said that Moscow expected the fourth round of top-level talks Iran has held with the P5+1 in the past 10 months to happen in Istanbul by the end of February.
Russia has voiced repeated concerns over a lack of dialogue over a contested Iranian program that most powers believe is focused on developing a nuclear bomb.
The Kremlin has also urged Western powers led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to offer meaningful concessions in return for Iran's formal renouncement of deeper enrichment.