Russia disappointed by Iran’s uranium enrichment

Publish date: January 11, 2006

According to the press release published yesterday, the Russian Foreign Ministry of Foreign Affairs is “deeply disappointed by the Iranian side's announced decision to resume uranium enrichment research".

“It had been suspended as part of Iran’s voluntary moratorium on all the enrichment-related work in response to the appeals from the IAEA Board of Governors. Such a moratorium is an essential confidence-building measure to deal with the questions still to be answered on the Iranian nuclear program” press release states.

The Russian representatives failed to persuade the Iranian partners during the Russian-Iranian consultations held in Teheran on January 7-8. “We urge Iran to return promptly to the moratorium, and full-fledged cooperation with the IAEA in compliance with the resolutions of the Agency’s governing board on its nuclear program” says the press release.

Russian even proposed “to establish within Russia a joint nuclear fuel facility with Iran for the needs of its nuclear power industry, which with a continuing moratorium would be capable of reliably meeting the country’s nuclear energy requirements in years ahead”.