Sergei Lavrov (file photo) (AFP)
30 January 2006 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today Iran must be persuaded to resume a moratorium on uranium enrichment.
Lavrov is scheduled to take part in talks on Iran's nuclear program later today in London involving U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and foreign ministers from Britain, France, Germany, and China.
Speaking ahead of his trip, Lavrov said the talks will consider ways to persuade Iran to resume the enrichment moratorium.
Germany, France, Britain, and the United States have called for Iran to be referred to the UN Security Council, a move that could lead to sanctions. China and Russia remain unconvinced.
The EU has said a Russian proposal to enrich uranium for Iran on Russian territory could be a way out of the impasse.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said today that Moscow is considering the possibility of China also taking part in the plan.
(AP, ITAR-TASS, Interfax)
Hans Blix (CTK)
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