Diplomatic sol to Iran's nuclear issue in 6-nation talks: Russia

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Moscow, Apr 30 (UNI) Russia today expressed the hope that six-nation talks on Iranian nuclear programme, which are due to take place in London on Friday, will help find a diplomatic solution to the issue.

''I hope it will be a very serious conversation,'' Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak told Interfax news agency today.

The group of six-nations on Iranian nuclear problem includes Russia, China, the US, France, Britain and Germany.

Mr Kislyak said the political directors of the group met in Shanghai in late April. ''We have managed to make progress in some things, but it is not final yet. We are hoping the London meeting will speed up this process,'' he added.

Mr Kislyak pointed out that when the UN Security Council's Resolution 1803-- to impose legally binding sanctions on Iran for the proliferation risks presented by its nuclear programme and its failure to suspend its proliferation sensitive nuclear activities-- was adopted, the Foreign Ministers of the group issued a statement emphasising their intention to promote a search for negotiated solutions to the West Asian nation's nuclear issue.

''The participants at the meeting talked about updating the proposals made to Iran in 2006 to promote the search for a diplomatic solution,'' he said.

''Russia has said many times that the Iranian nuclear issue can only be resolved in a diplomatic manner,'' Mr Kislyak noted.

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