BERLIN, March 30 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian foreign minister said Thursday that Iran could exercise its right to develop peaceful nuclear energy under the condition of full cooperation with the UN's nuclear watchdog.
"We would like to resolve the problem by diplomatic means, but this requires Iran's full cooperation with the IAEA," Sergei Lavrov said. "In this case, Iran will be able to fully use the opportunities of its legal right to peaceful nuclear energy development."
Lavrov said the foreign ministers of the European trio (Germany, Britain and France), the United States, Russia and China had expressed concern over Iran's nuclear program during the meeting in Berlin.
Lavrov said earlier that only a diplomatic solution would help Iran to develop nuclear energy for purely peaceful purposes.
The UN Security Council Wednesday urged Iran to re-impose a moratorium on uranium enrichment and allow international inspections of its nuclear facilities, in a bid to push a diplomatic solution and ensure that Iran pursues nuclear technology for civilian purposes only.
The 15-member Security Council also said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN's nuclear watchdog, should report on Tehran's compliance with its international nuclear non-proliferation commitments within 30 days.