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Russia urges Iran to comply with UN resolution-ministry

RIA Novosti

03/08/2006 14:00 MOSCOW, August 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia expects Iran to honor a UN Security Council demand to halt its uranium enrichment program, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The UN Security Council voted Monday in favor of a resolution to set August 31 as a deadline for Iran to suspend all uranium enrichment activities. If Iran fails to fulfill the UN's demands, economic and diplomatic sanctions may be imposed on the Islamic Republic.

"We expect that the Iranian side will heed the call and no additional measures will be required on the part of the UN Security Council," the ministry said in a statement.

Iran's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the UN resolution had no legal grounds and could exacerbate the situation around the country's nuclear program.

Iran's nuclear program has been a source of major controversy since the beginning of the year, as many countries suspect the Islamic Republic of pursuing a covert weapons program under the pretext of civilian research, despite its claims to the contrary.

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