Vladimir Radyuhin

MOSCOW: The package of proposals to Iran made by the six-nation group to end the crisis over Teheran's nuclear programme "rules out" the possibility of military action against Iran.

"I can say unambiguously that all the agreements on Iran rule out the use of force [against Teheran] under any possible scenarios," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday reviewing the results of Thursday's talks in Vienna by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

He also said the deal proposal would not contain any rigidly fixed time deadline to Iran. "I think Iran will respond to our proposals within several weeks," Mr. Lavrov told reporters in Moscow.

He said if Iran accepts the Vienna proposals all work on the Iranian dossier in the U.N. Security Council would be frozen.