Russia fears UN's Iran report to hurt nuclear diplomacy

October 19, 2011 20:29


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VIENNA - Russia fears a planned UN report which is expected to heighten suspicions about Iran's atomic aims will undermine Moscow's initiative to resolve the major powers' nuclear dispute with Tehran, diplomats said on Wednesday.

Russia's concern about the timing of the UN nuclear watchdog's report, due next month, contrasts with the hopes of Western states that it will strengthen their case to step up pressure on the Islamic state over its nuclear activities.

Russia appeared worried that publication soon of a strongly worded report by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would further sour relations with Tehran and damage any chances for diplomacy.

"We have concerns with regard to this report," a Russian diplomat said. Suggesting that it should be postponed, he said, "It is necessary to use all the possibilities in order to deepen the dialogue with the Iranian side."

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