The chief of Russia's security council said Sunday that Russia opposes any use of force against Tehran over its nuclear program, the Iranian state-run television reported. "Unlike the U.S., Russia believes Iran's nuclear program needs to be resolved only through dialogue. Any use of force will further complicate the issue and will cause tension in the region," Igor Ivanov was quoted as saying by the station.
Ivanov made the comments during a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.
Ivanov arrived in Tehran late Saturday to discuss Iran's nuclear development, including incentives to be offered as a reward if the Islamic Republic suspends uranium enrichment and possible sanctions if it continues.
According to the AP, his visit took place as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed Iran's nuclear crisis with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the phone.