Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Russia Concerned by Iran's Uranium Enrichment Plans

Kuwait News Agency:
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday expressed concern about Tehran's decision to resume enrichment of uranium, and said his country "is taking steps for keeping a moratorium on the enrichment of uranium for the period of talks between Iran and Russia." READ MORE

"We are concerned over the latest reports about Iran declaring its intention to resume a number of programmes, connected with uranium enrichment, contrary to the moratorium, which was agreed upon by Iran and the European countries, and contrary to the fact that the agreement was recorded in a resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," the Itar-Tass news agency quoted Lavrov as saying.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also said on Tuesday it is very disappointed with the decision of Tehran to resume uranium enrichment research.

"We call on Iran to quickly resume the moratorium and comprehensive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in keeping with resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors on the Iranian nuclear program, " the ministry said in a statement.