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Moscow regrets Iran's refusal to stop uranium enrichment

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Russia regrets Iran's refusal to comply with a UN resolution to stop its uranium enrichment program, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.
MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russia regrets Iran's refusal to comply with a UN resolution to stop its uranium enrichment program, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1696 July 31, demanding that Iran suspend uranium enrichment by August 31 or face possible economic and diplomatic sanctions.

"Mohammed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, presented his report. We share his position and express regret that Iran did not comply with UN Resolution 1696 and did not abandon its uranium enrichment program by the deadline," Mikhail Kamynin told a news conference.

The IAEA report said that Tehran has not suspended its uranium enrichment activities and has been blocking IAEA inspectors from inspecting Iran's nuclear facilities.

Kamynin said in a statement that representatives from the six powers mediating the Iranian nuclear crisis, as well as members of the UN Security Council, will meet soon to discuss further actions in relation to Iran.

The United States has long been pushing for sanctions against the Islamic Republic under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, while Russia and China, which both have a veto in the Security Council, have consistently called for a more cautious approach, saying they will not support harsh measures.

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