Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says Moscow strongly believes that there is no military aspect to Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Ryabkov said Russia is “still of the firm belief that there is no credible evidence of [a] military component in the Iranian program.”

The Russian diplomat made the remark in an interview with Reuters on Thursday.

Ryabkov’s comments come at a time when the United States, the Israeli regime, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran refutes the Western allegations regarding its nuclear energy program and argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

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