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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia, China Press Iran

UNITED NATIONS — Russia and China have quietly made clear to the Iranian government that they want Tehran to change its approach to the nuclear issue and accept a UN atomic fuel offer, Western diplomats said.

Russia's and China's coordinated diplomatic approaches took place in Tehran around the beginning of March, several Western UN Security Council diplomats said Tuesday.

They said it was significant that two powers seen as blocking Western efforts to get tough on Tehran appeared to be using their influence behind the scenes to ratchet up the pressure on the Islamic republic.