Iran has rejected the possibility of suspending its uranium enrichment program, after world powers agreed to discuss sanctions against Tehran.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Sunday that suspending Iran's enrichment program is, in his words, completely unacceptable. He also said Tehran wants to solve the issue through talks, not sanctions.
On Friday, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany agreed to discuss possible non-military sanctions against Iran for its failure to meet an August 31 U.N. deadline to stop enriching uranium.
The United States and Britain have lobbied for sanctions, while Russia and China have said the standoff should be resolved through negotiations.
Western nations believe Iran wants to make nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes. Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.