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Russia nixes further UN sanctions against Iran


UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia's U.N. ambassador says Moscow opposes new sanctions against Iran and believes negotiations with Tehran on its disputed nuclear program can be resumed.

Vitaly Churkin said Russia also believes that threats of possible military action against Iran over its nuclear program are unhelpful, and he urged the international community to try and promote dialogue.

The U.N. Security Council first imposed sanctions against Iran in December 2006 and has been ratcheting them up since then in hopes of pressuring the government to suspend uranium enrichment and enter negotiations on its nuclear program.

Churkin told a news conference Friday that Russia believes "the sanctions track in the Security Council has been exhausted."

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