Russia states Iran sanctions won't end nuclear problems

Russia said on Thursday that stricter sanctions by the United States House of Representatives will not end the nuclear dispute with Iran.

The U.S. Congress passed a bill on Wednesday that will cut Iran's oil exports to close to zero. This bill is attempting to reduce the flow of money to Iran's nuclear program and send a strong message to Iran before its new president, Hassan Rouhani, is sworn into office, Reuters reports.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said that since U.N. sanctions are currently in place, the U.S. bill was counterproductive, according to Reuters.

"Any additional sanctions are actually aimed at the economic strangulation of Iran, but not at solving the problem of non-proliferation," Gatilov said, Reuters reports. "What has been done through the Security Council is quite adequate and sufficient."

Russian President Vladimir Putin will be meeting with Rouhani in September and is expected to ask for concessions to be made on Iran's nuclear program.

Iran has always held the position that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, despite doubts from the world community. With Rouhani to be taking office soon, world powers are hoping the moderate leader will scale back nuclear work, Reuters reports.