Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Russia Disappointed With Iran's Nuclear Decision

Russia today expressed “deep disappointment” over Iran’s decision to resume nuclear activities. A Foreign Ministry statement outlining a telephone conversation yesterday between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said both sides shared “a deep disappointment over Tehran’s decision to leave behind the moratorium on all activities tied with uranium enrichment, resuming research work in this sphere”.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, right, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Iran yesterday broke UN seals on its nuclear enrichment facility, pledging only to conduct research, but the international nuclear watchdog said Tehran also planned small-scale enrichment of uranium. Enriched uranium can be used as fuel in nuclear reactors in electricity generation or for nuclear bombs, depending on the level of processing.