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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Diplomat Says No Secret Message

President Vladimir Putin gave Iran no secret messages about its disputed nuclear program during a visit last month but pressed Tehran to resolve the issue through negotiations, a senior Russian diplomat said Wednesday.

Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator at the time, was quoted by Iran's official news agency on Oct. 17 as saying Putin gave Iranian leaders a "special message." He did not elaborate.

"There were no secret messages," Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak said when asked about Putin's talks.

Putin pushed to resolve the Iranian problem through negotiations that stuck to the positions of the six-power mediators on Iran, the United Nations Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kislyak said.

"We are acting along with the common position of the six, common to the UN Security Council and common to the ruling council of the IAEA," Kislyak said. "Our position is to resolve all the problems through negotiations."