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Obama, Medvedev discuss “progress” on Iran sanctions
UNITED NATIONS – President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday called for the speeding up of six-nation negotiations on a U.N. sanctions resolution against Iran over its nuclear program.
A White House statement said the two leaders discussed by phone the “good progress” being made by the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France and Germany toward agreeing on a fourth round of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment.
They “agreed to instruct their negotiators to intensify their efforts to reach conclusion as soon as possible,” the statement said.
Western nations fear that Iran’s nuclear program is aimed at building atomic weapons. Tehran denies the charge, saying it only wants to generate electricity for civilian use.
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