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Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

A military strike against Iran over its nuclear program would be a serious mistake with unpredictable consequences, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.

Lavrov pointed out that there is no military solution to international conflicts as it can only increase the number of victims.

“We get evidence to that every day when we see how problems around Iran are being solved: whether it’s in Iraq, or Afghanistan or what is happening in other countries of that region,” the minister said on Monday, speaking at a joint media conference with his Irish counterpart Eamon Gilmore.

The Russian top diplomat stressed that any conflict can only be solved on the basis of principles approved by the international community and established by the United Nations Charter. The international law allows states to use force only in self-defense or when there is a respective resolution by the UN Security Council.

“Neither case is discernable so far and I hope it won’t be,” Lavrov said, as cited by Interfax.

According to the official, the resumption of the negotiations between Tehran and the Six-nation group (the Security Council’s permanent five members plus Germany) is the only way to ease concerns around the Iranian nuclear problem. He reminded that Moscow has been advancing its proposals on the solution to the current dead-clock situation for over a year.

“Our proposals remain on the negotiating table. I hope no actions will be taken that would willingly or unwillingly wreck the chances that still remain,” Lavrov said.

The comment followed last week’s remarks by Israeli President Shimon Peres, who referred to Iran as “the greatest danger” for Tel Aviv and the entire world and added that that military action against the Islamic Republic may be taken soon.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post, citing diplomatic sources, reported on Monday that UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, obtained information that Iran could have advanced on its way to the creation of nukes with the help of foreign specialists, including “a former Soviet weapons scientist.” It is alleged that he “tutored Iranians over several years on building high-precision detonators of the kind used to trigger a nuclear chain reaction.” It is also stated that experts from Pakistan and North Korea provided the Iranians with technology that helped the Islamic Republic to propel “to the threshold of nuclear capability.”

As Western and Israeli anti-Iran rhetoric intensified, Tehran stated that the US is putting pressure on the IAEA. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi stressed on Saturday that the UN nuclear watchdog, as an independent organization, should not be influenced by big powers, and added that that such pressures are politically-motivated and lack technical credibility, reported IRNA news agency.

The Iranian side claims that the documents which supposedly prove that the Islamic state had progressed in the development of nuclear weapon are forged. Salehi noted that Americans had published similar data in the past.

Commenting earlier on the US accelerating plans to launch a strike against Iran, he said that Tehran was “prepared for the worst” and expressed hope that Washington “will think twice before they put themselves on a collision course with Iran.”

“The US has unfortunately lost wisdom and prudence in dealing with international issues. It depends only on power,” the media quoted Salehi as saying.

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  • JanB

    Even Obama, despite being just a lawyer, can understand that when Israel already produced between 200 – 600 nuclear bombs and the USA owns several thousands of those WMD, the total annihilation of Iran would be guaranteed, in case it would raise the slightest suspicion of using nuclear weapons.

    Lavrov, being far better educated than Obama, not only knows that too but also is able to realize that when, after allowing the illegal wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya and finally Iran, Russia will be next: the missile screen to prevent retaliation from Russia, after a US first nuclear strike, is under construction. And if the screen doesn’t work as promised, destruction of European countries (EU) is an advantage because it eliminates a competitor for resources while creating a wasteland that can be heavily indebted for reconstruction (again). So from a US perspective, waging war is a win / win situation.

  • Jack Cochound

    America is doing what every desperate power in history has done. No halfway educated American even trusts this government anymore. When a country can no longer be self sustaining, it goes out and takes more by force. America is selling her own people down the drain at home, and its behavior abroad is a god damned sin. Someday, it will all come back on us. Ask any empire in history. I hope it’s after I die.
    Sad, what my government has become.

    • JanB

      The only desperation is that of Wall Street & co who might have come to the conclusion that once money no longer can pay what is wanted (due to depletion for instance), bodyguards and similar workers will have come to the conclusion that robbing their employers delivers a higher return on investment than a life of guarding against the masses. IOW once the basis of money (water, food, energy etc.) is affected, money itself loses its value.

      That type of anarchy still can be prevented by full support of the “occupy …” movement. There are enough capable people in the fields of science, engineering, ecological economy who can lead the change to a post-oil society, once the corrupt clique has been brought to justice.

      History doesn’t apply because no previous empire had to face depletion of a permanent kind: issues like famine due to bad agricultural policies (like deforestation-induced drought) were temporary. This time it’s different.

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