Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said today that Iran is ready to resume negotiations with world’s major powers over its nuclear program and that a recent Russian proposal will be helpful for the process.
Salehi made the remarks at a news conference in Moscow with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
The US, Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany have been pushing Iran to meet UN Security Council demands to stop enriching uranium to prevent any Iranian nuclear weapons capability. Iran denies that it intends to build nuclear weapons but considers peaceful nuclear program, including the uranium enrichment, as its rights.
The Russian new proposal calls for a "step-by-step" approach under which the international community would gradually ease sanctions against the country for each step Iran takes to distance itself from a nuclear weaponization program.
Photo: Foreign Ministers Ali Akbar Salehi of Iran (l.) and Sergey Lavrov of Russia. 17 August 2011. AP/ Misha Japaridze