Venezuela appears to back Iran in nuclear dispute

Venezuela on Friday sharply criticized the UN Security Council's involvement in concerns about Iran's nuclear program, saying negotiation should win out over confrontation. Venezuela's statement came as diplomats in New York said Security Council members were considering proposals to pressure Iran to resolve questions about its nuclear program, including demands that it abandon uranium enrichment and stop construction on a reactor. "It doesn't make sense to bring the subject to the Security Council since there are no objective reasons that justify it," Foreign Commerce and Integration Minister Gustavo Marquez told reporters in Caracas. He spoke after returning from a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria, where he raised similar concerns.