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Russia, U.S. Want 'Serious Efforts' from Iran to Restore Trust

RIA Novosti

23:37 18/06/2012 LOS CABOS, June 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia and the U.S. support a phased settlement of Iran's nuclear issue through negotiation but demand that Tehran implement UN Security Council resolutions and cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Recognizing Iran's right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, we agree that it must exert serious efforts aimed at restoring international trust in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program," according to the joint Russian-U.S. statement issued following a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart, Barack Obama, in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Monday.

"For that Tehran must fully abide by the commitments contained in the appropriate resolutions of the UN Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors for swift resolution of all outstanding issues," the statement said.

"Our common goal is an all-embracing negotiated settlement based on the principles of a phased approach and reciprocity, and expect constructive negotiations with Iran via the six power talks, including the negotiating rounds in Moscow on June 18-19," it said.

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