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Russian FM Says Innovation Necessary to Address Iranian Nuclear Dispute


Russia's foreign minister says the international community needs to find an innovative approach to address concerns about Iran's disputed nuclear activities.

Speaking in Paris Tuesday, Sergei Lavrov called for international dialogue with Tehran. He said past efforts to persuade Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions have not been very productive.

Last week, the United Nations Security Council approved a third round of sanctions against Iran because it has continued to enrich uranium - a process that can be used to make nuclear weapons.

On Monday of this week, an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said Tehran will continue to work with the International Atomic Energy Agency to address concerns about its nuclear program. Mohammad-Ali Hosseini also told reporters that Iran is ready to hold talks with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, China, Russia, Britain, France and the US, as well as Germany.

The new sanctions strengthen existing restrictions on trade, and on the travel and assets of people involved in Tehran's nuclear and missile programs.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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