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Solve Iran issue within IAEA: Russian FM

Sanctions and military action by the United Nations against Iran would not solve the dispute, FM Lavrov said.

india Updated: Mar 09, 2006 09:54 IST

Even after talks with US leaders in Washington, Russia has announced that it does not favour Iran's referral to the UN Security Council, and would prefer that the issue be resolved at IAEA's level.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that diplomats should draw up steps aimed at keeping Iran from building nuclear weapons.

"Let's rely on the people we hire to look after this issue," Lavrov told reporters after talks with Secretary General Kofi Annan at UN headquarters.

His remarks came as the IAEA's 35-country board met in Vienna to discuss Iran's nuclear programme and US officials suggested that the Security Council could take up the dispute shortly.

Lavrov, in a meeting with US Vice President Dick Cheney, said that the Security Council should impose "meaningful consequences" if Iran presses ahead with nuclear weapons.

Sanctions and military action against Iran would not solve the dispute, hesaid.

First Published: Mar 09, 2006 09:54 IST