Ali Larijani (left) greeting Igor Ivanov in Tehran on October 3 (Fars)
October 4, 2006 -- Russian Security Council Secretary Igor Ivanov has said dialogue, not sanctions, is the solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.
Ivanov spoke on October 3 in Tehran after talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani, who said Russia could play an "effective role" in ending the standoff.
Meanwhile, an Iranian nuclear official has proposed that France enrich uranium for Iran on Iranian soil.
The suggestion by Mohammad Saidi -- deputy chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization -- was met with caution by EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who said it should be analyzed further.
Solana also said he spoke by telephone on October 2 with Larijani, warning that time for more talks on Tehran's nuclear program was limited.
That message was echoed by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
(compiled from agency reports)