Iran, Russia Discuss Nuclear Proposals

ReutersIranian negotiator Jalili, left, and Security Council Secretary Sobolev, right, heading for talks Monday in Tehran.
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran discussed with Russia on Monday the general outlines of a package of proposals aimed at defusing concerns that Iran is using its nuclear program as a cover for weapons development, Iranian state media reported.

Top Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Tehran would soon unveil the proposals publicly and claimed that they would help assure the international community that Iran's nuclear program was peaceful.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has serious proposals that while reducing threats in the nuclear issue to the minimum, [also] prevent proliferation," Jalili was quoted as saying by Iran's official news agency, IRNA. He did not provide details of the proposals.

Iran has denied pursuing nuclear weapons, saying its program is geared toward generating electricity.

Jalili said he discussed the "outlines" of the package Monday with acting Security Council Secretary Valentin Sobolev during his visit to Iran, according to IRNA.

Sobolev said he hoped the talks would help "advance Iranian-Russian relations," RIA-Novosti reported.

"Our talks are of a peaceful nature and are not directed against any third countries," Sobolev said.