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Medvedev: Agreement on Iranian Nuke Sanctions

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday there is agreement over sanctions for Iran but that path is still not the desired one.

Medvedev said at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that "agreement on the sanctions exists," Russian news agencies reported.

"But nobody wants sanctions. We hope the voice of the international community will be heard by the Iranian leadership," Medvedev was quoted as saying.

Russian president arrived Friday for a two-day visit to eastern Germany to discuss a range of issues with Merkel.

Russia has been traditionally opposed to sanctions for Iran, a longtime trade partner, but in recent months officials have shown less patience with Tehran's refusal to clarify its nuclear agenda.

The West is against an expansion of nuclear nations and suspects Iran is enriching uranium to build a nuclear warhead. Tehran denies this and insists on its right to a peaceful nuclear power program, but has frustrated the West over its failure to prove it.

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