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Kremlin says Iran sanctions cannot be excluded
BARVIKHA, Russia |
BARVIKHA, Russia (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Tuesday said Iran could face sanctions if the Islamic Republic fails to allay international fears about its nuclear program.
President Dmitry Medvedev's spokeswoman said Russia wanted Iran to cooperate more closely with the United Nations nuclear body, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
"Russia considers that Iran must work more actively and more broadly with the IAEA and with other countries in providing information about its nuclear program," Kremlin spokeswoman Natalya Timakova told reporters.
"The international community must be sure that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful. But if these obligations are not fulfilled then nobody can rule out the use of sanctions," she said at Medvedev's residence outside Moscow.
Timakova said Medvedev outlined Moscow's position on Iran to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Kremlin meeting on Monday.
(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Steve Gutterman)
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