Russia proposes a step-by-step approach to solving the Iranian nuclear issue, similar to what was used earlier in respect to the Democratic People’s republic of Korea. This was stated in a CNN interview by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
The Russian minister, in part, called on Tehran to freeze production of uranium centrifuges. According to the Foreign Minister, this is a necessary precondition for avoiding fresh sanctions. Then Iran will become a participant of the supplementary protocol to the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
The U.S. and a number of other Western countries accuse Iran of developing nuclear weapons under cover of its peaceful nuclear energy program. Tehran flatly denies the charges, saying its nuclear program is aimed at meeting the country’s electricity needs.