Japan and Russia have called for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear disputes with Iran and urged the Iranian government to take steps to regain international confidence.

In a statement issued following the Japanese prime minister’s visit with Vladimir Putin in Moscow, the two countries emphasized that the nuclear disputes with Iran must be resolved through diplomatic means.

Israel and the West suspect Iran of pursuing military ambitions in its nuclear program, but Iran insists that its nuclear efforts are all for peaceful purposes.

Eight rounds of talks between Iran and the world powers have not yielded any concrete results.

Iran is set to meet with International Atomic Energy Agency representatives next month.

Recent reports by the U.S. National Intelligence Office indicate that Iran does not appear to have decided on pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program.