BALI, Indonesia The U.S. and Russia on Monday began their first high-level talks since sealing a - and since the onset of .
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov were meeting to discuss both issues on the sidelines of an economic summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
They will be comparing notes on progress made since they negotiated the Syria agreement last month and updating a Cold War-era nuclear safeguards agreement.
Sunday to destroy Syria's estimated 1,000-ton stockpile of chemical weapons. They're working against a Nov. 1 deadline set by the United Nations last month to destroy the Assad government's capability to produce the weapons.
Kerry and Lavrov will also be talking about Iran and its nuclear program. Officials from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - the U.S., China, the Russian Federation, France and the United Kingdom - and Germany will meet with representatives from Iran in Geneva on Oct. 15 to hold renewed talks on Iran's nuclear program.
and says it is enriching uranium to levels needed for medical isotopes and reactor fuel.
Western powers, including the U.S., fear Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb and have imposed crippling economic sanctions to encourage Iran to curb its enrichment program.