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Iran's foreign minister will visit to Russia on November 9
Iran's foreign minister is expected in Moscow on November 9 to discuss his country's controversial nuclear program, the IRNA news agency said Tuesday. European powers have proposed a draft UN Security Council resolution on sanctions against Iran, which the United States wants toughened, but which Russia and China want reduced. During his visit, Manoucher Mottaki will discuss the issue with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. "Mottaki and the Russian foreign minister will discuss bilateral issues, and pressing international and regional issues. The sides will also exchange opinions on Iran's nuclear program," the agency said. Iran has been at the center of an international controversy over its uranium enrichment work, which some countries suspect is a cover for a nuclear weapons program. The Islamic Republic, which announced two weeks ago it has launched a second cascade of gas centrifuges to enrich uranium, may face sanctions for failing to comply with the UN Security Council's demand that it suspend enrichment. The EU-3 - Britain, France and Germany - proposed two weeks ago a set of sanctions against the country, which includes banning sales of missile and nuclear technologies to Iran, freezing its military bank accounts, and imposing visa restrictions on officials linked to the nuclear industry. Russia has consistently supported Iran's right to nuclear power under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, and is building a $1 bln nuclear power plant in the country. The Bushehr NPP would not be banned under the EU-3 draft resolution, but nuclear fuel supplies to the plant would be restricted, a proposal that Russia wants removed from the document. Last Friday Russia proposed its amendments to draft. "The resolution on Iran should provide conditions for the resumption of dialogue," Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the UN, said. He said Moscow's stance focuses on closing channels for uranium enrichment and deliveries of nuclear technologies that could be used for military purposes.
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