MOSCOW, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The international community should continue its efforts to find a comprehensive solution to the Iranian nuclear issue, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here Tuesday.
The solution would have to guarantee Iran's integral right to developing its peaceful nuclear program under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and ensure security for all countries in the region, including Israel, Lavrov said during his annual press conference.
Russia would work with Iran, as well as its partners in the P5+1 group (the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia plus Germany), to find a "final, comprehensive" solution.
The foreign minister also expected the second round of nuclear talks between the P5+1 group and Iran to start in several weeks.
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Monday started to ease some of the economic sanctions on Iran after the Islamic republic has taken "concrete actions" in curbing its controversial nuclear program.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has approved waivers that offer limited sanction relief on Iran's oil exports, financial transactions and trade in gold and precious metals, among others, the State Department said. Full story
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BRUSSELS, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday made a decision to suspend certain its restrictive measures against Iran for six months.
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