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    RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY: TALKS WITH BOLTON "SERIOUS, CONCRETE, PRAGMATIC"

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 30 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Foreign Ministry assesses the latest talks in Moscow with US Undersecretary of State John Bolton as "serious, concrete and very pragmatic," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak told reporters after speaking with the American diplomat Friday.

    According to Kislyak, the sides shared their views on issues relating to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. "WMD black markets are becoming increasingly evident today, which poses a serious threat to the interests of our security," he pointed out.

    In his words, the problem is all the more dangerous given the threat of global terrorism. "Any state in such a situation is interested in creating mechanisms to fight this phenomenon," he said.

    The enhancement of the International Atomic Energy Agency's activity on the global arena and the compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention and several other treaties related to the non-proliferation regime were also high on the agenda, Kislyak said.

    Regional problems figured prominently, too, the deputy foreign minister reported. These included Libya's decision to suspend its weapons programs, to be examined at the IAEA board's March session; progress in the implementation of the IAEA resolution on Iraq, and North Korea's nuclear weapons ambitions.

    According to Kislyak, due attention was also paid to the implementation of the US-Russian Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty and to the sides' collaborative efforts toward disarmament.

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