The Soviet Union is not considering sending a force to the Persian Gulf, but its legislature - the Supreme Soviet - will decide on the issue if necessary, Tehran radio Friday quoted an emissary of Mikhail Gorbachev as saying.

Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Petrovsky arrived in Tehran Tuesday as Gorbachev's special emissary to hear Iranian views on the gulf crisis, said the radio, monitored in Athens. He left Thursday, as the U.N. Security Council passed its resolution authorizing a military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait.Petrovsky, who carried a message from Gorbachev for Iranian President Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, said Iranian views on the crisis were of special interest to Moscow. At Friday prayer ceremonies in Tehran, Rafsanjani repeated his call for Iraq to pull its forces out of Kuwait.