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Nuclear talks resumption depends on Iran - Lavrov

MOSCOW. Aug 17 (Interfax) - The question of when the six-party talks on the Iranian nuclear problem will resume largely depends on Iran's position on this matter, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"We are very hopeful that our Iranian partners - and for understandable reasons, it is them more than anyone else who will decide when we can sit down and resume these talks - we are very hopeful that the ideas that we discussed today, with regard to which the minister has shown quite a serious interest, will help us to proceed to the active phase of further work," Lavrov told a press conference after talks with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi.

The current progress in the resolution of the Iranian nuclear problem is mainly due to the good personal contacts between the Russian and Iranian leaders, Lavrov also said.

Lavrov would not say when the problem would be resolved.

"As regards the resolution of the Iranian nuclear program, I cannot give any dates, everything will depend on the specific efforts of the parties to these talks," the Russian minister said.

The sextet includes Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China and Germany.

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