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17 Feb, 2010 06:27

Russian FM hopes Iran will come to its senses

Russia says it will not rule out sanctions against Iran if the country fails to commit to a peaceful nuclear program.

Earlier Tehran rejected proposals to ship its uranium stockpile to Russia and France to be enriched to fuel-grade level.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says he still has high hopes that Iran will reassess its nuclear plans.

“The decision that Iran must stop uranium enrichment is inherent in the resolutions of the UN Security Council,” Lavrov said.

“Last October, the IAEA – together with the US, Russia and France – came up with a proposal to supply fuel for Iran’s research reactor. This proposal can be implemented, and we are counting on Iran to assess the situation once more.”