Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that his
Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin "made no words" on Iranian
nuclear issue during his just-ended visit, the official IRNA news
Ahmadinejad made the remarks to reporters on the sidelines of
the general meeting of the High Council for Provinces, in response
to earlier reports that Putin had brought forward a nuclear
proposal to Iran's supreme leader during his Tehran tour.
Putin had carried a message of friendship and cooperation for
Iran, but "made no words about Iranian nuclear issue," Ahmadinejad
told the reporters.
Iran's official IRNA news agency Wednesday quoted the country's
top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani as saying that Putin gave a
"message" to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and "nuclear issue
was part of it and we are now examining it."
According to the report, Khamenei told Putin he would "consider
the proposals," but insisted Iran would "continue to satisfy the
needs of the country in nuclear energy and that's why Iran takes
seriously enrichment issue."
Putin arrived in Tehran Tuesday to attend the second summit
meeting of five Caspian Sea littoral nations also including
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
(Xinhua News Agency October 19, 2007)