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10/10/07

Putin Says No 'Objective' Evidence That Iran is Seeking Nuclear Bomb

By VOA News

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Moscow has not seen any "objective" evidence that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. Mr. Putin spoke after talks Wednesday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Moscow.

Mr. Putin said he shares the desire of France and other nations for Iran to make its controversial nuclear activities transparent.

Mr. Sarkozy said after meeting Mr. Putin Tuesday that their positions on Iran have moved "much closer."

Ahead of Wednesday's talks, Mr. Sarkozy urged Russia to build a more democratic society in a speech to students at a Moscow university. He also called for greater economic cooperation between France and Russia in industries such as nuclear energy and aeronautics.

On Tuesday, Mr. Sarkozy said he raised French concerns about Russia's human rights record. He said they also discussed a path toward a compromise on the future status of Kosovo.

France support independence for the U.N.-administered Serb province, which has an ethnic Albanian majority. Russia and Serbia have expressed strong opposition to independence for Kosovo.

On the issue of Iran, Mr. Sarkozy has pushed for tougher sanctions against Tehran if it does not suspend its nuclear program. The United States and many of its allies accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

Russia opposes further sanctions against Tehran and favors diplomacy to resolve the dispute. Moscow also has been helping Iran build a nuclear power plant in the city of Bushehr. Mr. Putin travels to Iran next week for a summit of Caspian Sea nations.

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

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