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Iran Reportedly Warns of Possible Reconsideration of Ties with IAEA


Iran's top nuclear negotiator has reportedly warned that Tehran will reconsider its relations with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency if the U.N. Security Council passes a European draft resolution for sanctions against Iran.

Russian news agencies say negotiator Ali Larijani made the comment about the International Atomic Energy Agency Friday in Moscow.

Larijani met in the Russian capital with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for talks about Iran's nuclear program.

Larijani is quoted as saying they discussed issues of international and regional cooperation, and that talks on the nuclear program will continue.

Russia has proposed major changes to the European draft resolution before the Security Council, including removing all references to Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant. Moscow is helping to build the plant.

The draft proposes sanctions against Iran for defying an August 31 deadline to stop enriching uranium.

The draft had exempted the power plant from sanctions, but not the delivery of nuclear fuel to the facility. Russian officials say the plant should not be linked to concerns over Iran's nuclear program.

Britain, France and Germany drafted the original resolution, with U.S. support.

Russia and China have been reluctant to support tough sanctions on Iran. They are permanent members of the Security Council and have veto power along with the U.S., Britain and France.

The U.S. and its European allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.