Obama seeks joint approach with Russia on Iran

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HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE’-tree med-VYEH’-dyev) intend to “shape a common response” to new allegations Iran has been covertly trying to build a nuclear bomb.

The president spoke to reporters as he and Medvedev met Saturday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific summit.

Their meeting was their first chance to discuss Friday’s report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, which raised new questions about Iran’s nuclear program. The watchdog agency provided evidence Tehran has conducted research, testing and procurement which could help it develop nuclear weapons. Tehran has rejected the material as a fabrication by the United States and its allies, maintaining its nuclear program is purely for energy and research.