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Iran salutes Russian push to restart nuclear talks

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Iran salutes Russian push to restart nuclear talks


Russia’s bid to revive nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers has been welcomed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But Iran’s president, who met top Russian security official Nikolai Patrushev in Tehran, was vague about what the agenda should be. Details of Moscow’s proposal have not yet been made public.

The international talks stalled in January when Iran insisted on having what it says is its right to produce nuclear fuel recognised. Many countries fear the Islamic Republic is secretly bent on developing nuclear weapons capability.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: “We hope this will help us move forward faster than has been the case until now and that we can resume negotiations soon.” Lavrov spoke at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

Lavrov told US President Barack Obama last month of a step-by-step approach under which Iran could address questions about its nuclear programme and be rewarded with a gradual easing of sanctions.

Lavrov also said the Bushehr nuclear plant, that Russia had agreed to construct in the 1990s, would start operating very soon and that the date was being agreed with Iran.

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