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Russia, Iran to Press for New Six-Party Talks


Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his government will work with Iran to restart six-party talks on Iran's nuclear program.

Mr. Lavrov says Russian officials plan in the coming days to contact other nations to discuss ways of renewing the stalled talks.

He made the comments Saturday after President Vladimir Putin met Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, in Moscow.

In June, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany offered Iran a set of incentives if Iran agrees to stop uranium enrichment. Tehran has resisted calls to suspend enrichment activities, saying it has a right to develop nuclear energy.

At the U.N. Security Council, European nations have proposed sanctions against Iran to press the Tehran government to stop enrichment.

On Friday, Iran's Larijani warned that possible sanctions would not promote a political solution to the dispute.

The United States and its European allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its activities are for peaceful purposes.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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