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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

In Iran, Ivanov Opposes Use of Force

TEHRAN, Iran -- Security Council chief Igor Ivanov said Sunday that Russia opposed any use of force against Iran over its controversial nuclear program, Iranian state television reported.

"Unlike the U.S., Russia believes Iran's nuclear program needs to be resolved only through dialogue. Any use of force will further complicate the issue and will cause tension in the region," Ivanov was quoted as saying.

Ivanov made the comments during a meeting with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani.

Ivanov arrived in Tehran late Saturday to discuss Iran's nuclear program.

His visit took place as Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Iran's nuclear standoff by telephone with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Foreign Ministry said.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov on Friday reiterated Moscow's commitment to supply Iran with sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles.