Spain urges Iran to return to talks over its nuclear program

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Spain on Monday urged Iran to return to the negotiating table over its nuclear programme, the Spanish foreign ministry said.

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos called on his visiting Iranian counterpart Manoucher Mottaki to "dispel the doubts generated over the aims of the Iranian nuclear program", the ministry said in a statement.

"The Spanish minister asked his Iranian counterpart to return to the negotiating table to resolve through this means all the unsettled questions," the statement added.

Earlier on Monday Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Iran was close to having the potential to build a nuclear weapon, the clearest sign yet of alarm about Tehran's atomic drive from Russia -- which in the past has taken a milder line than Western powers.

Tehran says that its atomic drive is solely for peaceful means, but Western powers -- and increasingly Russia -- worry that it is bent on developing a nuclear weapon.

© 2010 AFP

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