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Russia urges Iran, P5+1 negotiation

Press TV -- Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has urged Iran not to dismiss the idea of negotiating with six world powers over its nuclear program.

After the UN Security Council imposed a third round of sanctions against Iran on March 3, the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that "from now on our nuclear issue is with the agency only and we will not negotiate with anyone outside the agency about Iran's nuclear issue," according to the Fars news agency.

"Their (Iranians') statements of a negative nature towards the negotiations are certainly not helpful and not constructive," Reuters quoted Churkin as saying on Monday.

"We hope that will change, because the only way to resolve this matter politically and diplomatically is through negotiations," he said.

"The six (Permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) will continue developing and enriching their approach in order to make the prospect of negotiations more interesting to the Iranians," the Russian official said.

The UN Security Council sanctions against Iran came as the IAEA has repeatedly announced that there is no evidence to indicate that Tehran is pursuing any military nuclear program.

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