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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. to Step Up Talks Over Tehran

WASHINGTON -- The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, concerned about Iran's plans to develop its own nuclear fuel, will accelerate talks with Russia aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring full nuclear capability, U.S. officials said Thursday.

The administration believes that Tehran's public announcement this month about its nuclear fuel activities has made the Iranian nuclear problem far more difficult to resolve and that the onus is on Moscow, which has provided critical nuclear assistance to Tehran, to find a solution, officials said.

U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton started three days of talks Monday in Moscow that were expected to address Iran.

Nuclear Power Minister Alexander Rumyantsev dismissed U.S. concerns on Friday.

Bolton's trip was set after Iran's nuclear chief, Gholamreza Aqazadeh, said Feb. 10 that Iran had started an ambitious nuclear energy program and was ready to begin processing uranium.