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Russia trying to convince U.S. to agree to limited enrichment in Iran

VIENNA, Mar. 7 (Mehr News Agency) -- Diplomatic sources in Vienna said on Monday that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is currently in the United States, will try to convince White House officials to agree to limited uranium enrichment in Iran.

However, the diplomats, who requested anonymity, also said Washington is seriously opposed to such a deal.

According to Reuters, a diplomat close to the Iran-EU talks said Iran is ready to negotiate a temporary suspension of industrial-scale enrichment if it can continue its nuclear research activities.

For its part, Iran has said it is only willing to suspend industrial-scale enrichment for two years, but the West has demanded a ten-year moratorium.

France, Britain, and the U.S. are opposed to nuclear research in Iran, but Russian officials and International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei have asked the Western countries to allow Iran to conduct small-scale enrichment.

Among the European Union trio, which have been negotiating with Iran for the past two and a half years, only Germany has shown some flexibility on experimental uranium enrichment in Iran, the European diplomat said.

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