Monday, August 15, 2005

Halt uranium conversion "without delay", Russia tells Iran

Russia called on Iran to halt work on uranium conversion "without delay."

"The wise decision would be to stop work that has begun on uranium conversion without delay," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.

"We are convinced that the situation that has arisen now has not gone beyond the point of no return. With goodwill it can be corrected," the statement said.

But Tehran should immediately halt its nuclear fuel work and continue to work closely with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) "to resolve remaining question over Iran's nuclear program," it added.

The Russian statement said that "unfortunately" Iran had resumed work on converting uranium but said it could stop this again with harming its efforts to develop nuclear energy program for civilian use.

"We think that Iran could definitely maintain the moratorium without any damage to the realization of its nuclear energy programme," the statement added.

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