FM Official: Iran has not received Russia N-offer

Iran Materials 19 July 2011 12:27 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran will study Russia's "step-by-step" approach proposed over the country's nuclear program upon receiving it, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, Press TV reported.

In his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Mehmanparast said Iran has not received Russia's proposal yet, adding that any plan must observe the rights of the Iranian nation.

On July 14, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov laid out a new "step-by-step" approach that would enable Iran to take steps to address questions raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regarding Tehran's nuclear program.

According to the plan, Iran can revive negotiations to alleviate individual concerns of the IAEA about its nuclear activities and be rewarded along the way by partial removal of sanctions.

The approach would start out with the easiest questions and move onto more complicated ones that would require a longer time to respond to, according to the Russian official.

"The response to each specific step of Iran would be followed by some reciprocal steps, like freezing some sanctions and shortening the volume of sanctions," Lavrov further explained.