Russia has proof that Iran is not engaged in a nuclear weapon programme, a top Russian diplomat ha said.

“We have verified data showing that there is no reliable evidence for the existence of a military component” in Iran's nuclear programme, said Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

“To put it simpler, there is no proof of a military component in Iran's nuclear program,” Mr. Ryabkov told Russia-24 TV news channel on Friday.

It is essential to “clear all the remaining doubts through negotiations,” he said, adding that it was important for Iran to closely cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Russian diplomat said Iran was showing openness by inviting international inspectors to its nuclear facilities. He reiterated Russia's opposition to stiffer sanctions against Iran.

“Sanctions have gone way too far. They heavily outweigh what is being done in the sphere of talks. We must push harder on the negotiating track,” said the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister.

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