Russia: Int'l talks with Iran still possible

Russia's foreign minister voiced hope on Saturday for a quick resumption of international talks on Iran's nuclear program, but it remained unclear whether the Kremlin had succeeded in persuading Teheran to soften its stance in talks with a top Iranian official. "We will push for our common goal - the resumption of talks with six nations," Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in a statement after Russian President Vladimir Putin's meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani. The two days of talks between Russian officials and Larijani signaled a renewed Moscow effort to force Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment effort. Previous Russian attempts to put pressure on Teheran have brought no visible result, and Iran has snubbed Moscow's proposal to host its enrichment program.