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War on Iran disastrous scenario: Russian foreign minister

"Iran is part of the region. It is one of the most important countries for the region"- Lavrov said.

Source : Presstv / 23 Jan 2013

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned against any military attack against Iran, describing it as a “disastrous scenario.”

“Regarding the Iranian issue, we have mentioned on many occasions that the attempts to solve the Iranian nuclear issue through force and launching a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities could be really dangerous,” Lavrov said during a major annual press conference on Wednesday.

“We really hope that the idea will not be implemented in reality. The majority of the countries of the world stick to this similar approach... and we really hope that we’ll be able to prevent such a disastrous scenario,” he added.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have falsely accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Israel has at times threatened to attack Iran's nuclear facilities based on the unfounded allegation. The US has also on different occasions said that ‘all options are on the table’ regarding Iran, implicitly referring to a military strike.

Iran has vehemently rejected the allegations against its nuclear energy program, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful objectives.

Elsewhere in his press conference, the Russian top diplomat praised Iran’s significant role in solving problems facing the region.

“Iran is part of the region. It is one of the most important countries for the region. Without Iran one could hardly hope to address various issues existing there,” Lavrov said.

He said that the US did not hesitate to establish contact with Tehran to solve the security issues Washington faced in Iraq and did the same in Afghanistan but opposed Iran’s participation in resolving the Syrian crisis although the Islamic Republic had welcomed the Geneva agreement on Syria, which was reached on June 30, 2012.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

Iran stresses that the crisis in the Arab state must be resolved politically. The Islamic Republic has repeatedly condemned any foreign interference in Syria and denounced the support of certain countries’ support of militants carrying out terrorist activities in the country.


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