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Russia Urges Iran to Meet Deadline on Suspending Uranium Enrichment


Russia has urged Iran to heed a U.N. Security Council resolution giving Tehran until the end of the month to suspend its sensitive nuclear activities.

In a statement Thursday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said no further measures by the Security Council will be required if Iran heeds the call.

Russia, a permanent Security Council member, has resisted Western efforts to sanction Iran for its refusal to comply with nuclear demands.

The U.N. resolution, passed earlier this week, demands Iran stop enriching uranium by August 31st or face possible sanctions. The Security Council acted after Iran failed to respond to an international incentives package Tehran would get by suspending enrichment activities.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday Iran is still considering the incentives package.

The United States and its Western allies believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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