Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Tehran will not be bullied by the West into abandoning its nuclear research program.
Mr. Ahmadinejad made the remark Thursday - a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency sent its report on Iran's nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council, which could impose sanctions.
The U.N. ambassadors from five permanent Council members: the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China - also held a preliminary meeting to consider a strategy on how to respond to Iran's continued non-compliance with I.A.E.A. demands.
The ambassadors are to meet again Friday and more sessions are likely next week
The I.A.E.A. is demanding Iran suspend all uranium enrichment-related activities, which Western nations allege are a cover for making nuclear weapons.
Iran says its nuclear program is aimed at producing electricity.
I.A.E.A. chief Mohamed ElBaradei says a political solution to the standoff is still possible, and that resolving the stalemate will take time.
In Washington, Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns told a U.S. congressional committee Wednesday there is universal agreement Iran is trying to seek atomic weapons.