The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have started talks on the Iran nuclear dispute, debating a statement being prepared for possible adoption next week. Just a few hours before, after talks with the UN Secretary General, Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, spoke out against the idea of sanctions.“I don’t think sanctions, as a means to solve a crisis, have ever achieved a goal in recent history,” he said. A report on Iran’s atomic programme has now been sent to the Security Council by the head of the UN nuclear watchdog, Mohammed ElBaradei. He said: “What we need at this stage is a cool-headed approach, to lower the rhetoric. I think we need to continue to see how we can move forward. This is an issue which is going to take some time. It’s not going to be resolved tomorrow.” However, Tehran, which maintains it wants to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes, stoked up the pressure. Iranian official Javad Vaeedi said: “The US may have the power to cause harm and pain, but it is also susceptible to harm and pain.” The White House has responded by saying that provocative statements and actions only further isolate Iran from the rest of the world.