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Russia warns against issuing ultimatums to Iran

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MOSCOW (AP) -

Russia's foreign minister has warned the West against issuing threats to Iran over its nuclear program, saying a quick settlement isn't possible.

Sergey Lavrov said Friday the latest round of talks in Moscow this week between six world powers and Iran has been "quite useful," even though it failed to achieve a breakthrough. He said talks must continue without "any artificial deadlines or ultimatums."

Iran insists its uranium enrichment program serves only civilian purposes, but the U.S., Israel and other nations suspect it's a cover for building nuclear weapons. Israel says Iran is stretching out the talks to move closer to the ability to make an atomic bomb, and it has threatened to attack the Islamic Republic as a last resort.

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