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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that international sanctions on Iran could be eased if Tehran makes "real positive steps" to meet concerns about its nuclear program.
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Lavrov also told a Geneva news conference that a problem at the Russian-built nuclear reactor in Iran at Bushehr was "exclusively" technical and he expected it to be resolved in three months.
Lavrov made the comments as Israeli government sources said on
Monday that a new IAEA report
that Iran may be seeking to develop a nuclear-armed
missile only underscores the importance of upgrading pressure on Iran
and convincing Tehran that a military option is a real possibility if it
doesn’t stop pursuing nuclear arms.
The officials were responding to a confidential document
leaked over the weekend that signaled the UN body’s growing frustration
at Iran’s lack of cooperation.
The report made clear Tehran’s determination to press ahead with
sensitive atomic activity despite four rounds of UN sanctions since
2006, saying the country had informed the IAEA it would soon start
operating a second uranium enrichment plant.
said that while stepped-up military and economic pressure was necessary,
the only thing likely to stop the Iranians was their belief that the
West had a credible military option, and would be willing to use it.
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has conveyed this message in recent days
during private meetings, including one on Sunday with a congressional
delegation. If there is a credible military option, he said, the chances
that it will have to be used are, paradoxically, reduced.