Ahmadinejad: Iran took step toward IAEA

Nuclear Program Materials 21 July 2011 14:37 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 21 /Trend D.Khatinoglu/

Iran has taken its step toward International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA), Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said reacting to Russian FM Sergey Lavrov's statement about Russia's "step-by-step" approach to solve Iran's nuclear issue, IRNA reported.

"We took our step already by full cooperating with IAEA," Ahmadinejad told. "We don't need to use our long-range missiles neither against Europe nor against Arabic countries. We have also good relations with Russia and others."

Ahmadinejad reemphasized that Iran never needs nuclear warheads [to install on missiles] and the history proves that the Islamic Republic has never attacked any country.

Last week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a step-by-step approach should be used to end international doubts over Iran's nuclear program.

Lavrov said every time Tehran satisfactorily answered a question or concern of the IAEA, it should be rewarded, including freezing some sanctions and shortening the volume of sanctions.

Lavrov was speaking after talks in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who did not directly address Lavrov's offer, but said Washington remains committed to a "dual track of pressure and engagement" on Iran.

Tehran says is ready to restart talks with the five permanent Security Council members and Germany but only after its right to enrich uranium is recognized.

Talks in Geneva in December, 2010 and Istanbul in January, 2011 between the six powers and Iran failed to make headway.

Some Western countries fear Iran is using its nuclear program to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Iran strongly denies.