SCO stands for peaceful settlement of Iran’s nuclear problem

Iran Materials 14 May 2012 13:51 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, May 14 / Trend D. Mukhtarov /

All countries belonging to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) group supported Kazakhstan's proposal on the peaceful settlement of the problem with Iranian nuclear programme, Kazakh foreign minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov said in an interview with Trend.

"Our initiative on Iran was voiced in unison with a common position of all the SCO member countries," Kazykhanov said. "No objections were voiced regarding seeking only a peaceful way to resolve the nuclear issue of this country."

The minister stressed that attempts to resolve this issue by force may lead to unpredictable geopolitical, economic and environmental consequences.

"By supporting Tehran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, we stand for the transparency of Iran's nuclear activity and its implementation in accordance with the norms and under IAEA supervision," Kazykhanov said.

The Kazakh minister also urged seeking additional ways to resolve the situation, using the format 'five plus one'.

"Kazakhstan, as a country that has made a major contribution to the process of nuclear disarmament and strengthening nuclear safety, is ready to deliver a platform for advancing the negotiations in this format if necessary," he said.