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Tehran ready to hear Russian proposals on nuclear program


TEHRAN, October 4 (RIA Novosti) - Tehran is ready to consider Russian proposals to settle problems with Iran's nuclear program, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday. "If Russia wants to play a more effective role in settling the issue of Iran's nuclear program, it must present proposals on solving the problem in question," Hamid Reza Asefi said. "The Islamic Republic, in turn, is ready to consider these proposals."

On Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry called on Tehran, which says its nuclear programs are peaceful, to adhere to an additional protocol to an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog.

"The continuation of Tehran's cooperation with the IAEA on remaining issues and Iran's observance of voluntary obligations, including the additional protocol to the IAEA Safeguards Agreement, will normalize the situation involving Iran's nuclear program," the ministry said.

The Iranian parliament is currently finishing work on a document that would force the government to terminate the validity of the protocol if external pressure were to be put on Iran to end its nuclear program.

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