KAZAKHSTAN READY TO PROVIDE PLATFORM FOR IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS - MINISTER
Astana. May 11. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan is calling on the global community to look for additional ways of resolving Iran's nuclear problem and is ready to provide its platform for talks in the five plus one format (Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, the United States and France), country's Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov said.
"Kazakhstan favors only diplomatic methods of settling the issue around Iran's nuclear program. Attempts to resolve it forcibly can lead to unpredictable geopolitical, economic and ecological consequences," Kazykhanov said at a session of the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) Council of Foreign Ministers in Beijing on Friday.
The transcript of the minister's speech was issued by the Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry on Friday.
"By supporting Tehran's right to use nuclear power for peaceful purposes, we are calling for transparency of Iran's nuclear activity in accordance with the rules and under control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Kazykhanov said.
Kazakhstan is calling "for the search for additional ways of resolving the situation, including in the five plus one format," he said.
"As a state which made a serious contribution to the process of nuclear disarmament and boosting nuclear security, Kazakhstan is ready, if necessary, to provide a platform for advancing the negotiating process in this format," the foreign minister said.