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    RUSSIA FOREIGN MINISTRY DECLARES BRINGING CLOSER OF RUSSIAN AND U.S. POSITIONS ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 30 (RIA NOVOSTI) - The positions of Russia and the United States on the Iranian nuclear program have become noticeably closer, said a source in the Russian foreign ministry.

    It is seen, particularly, from the recent talks held in Moscow with the United States' Undersecretary of State John Bolton, the source said.

    "We have worked out a position common not only for Russian-American relations but also in the multilateral format," the source continued. The matter today is not only how to combat the lack of transparency in the Iranian nuclear program but how the IAEA resolution on Iraq will in fact be implemented.

    The source recalled that the international community has three basic demands to Iran, contained in the resolution of the IAEA board of governors. They are - Iran's provision of information on its former activities in the nuclear field, joining the IAEA additional protocol on guarantees, discontinuing the uranium enrichment program.

    "Iran is to accept all the three decisions," the source said. To him, the next step is to be a report by the IAEA head Mohammed El Baradei at the March board-of-governors session. In his report El Baradei will say how the clauses of the resolution are being implemented.

    The source has suggested that "Iran-IAEA cooperation will gradually be depoliticized and passed into the sphere of technical interaction."

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