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Iran to continue relations with Russia despite UN resolution

RIA Novosti

06/08/2006 13:34 TEHRAN, August 6 (RIA Novosti) - Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Sunday the Islamic Republic will continue developing relations with Russia and China, despite a UN Security Council resolution.

The five permanent UN Security Council members, including Russia and China, voted July 31 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.

Ali Larijani said Iran had long-term relations with Russia and China and friends could not be judged on the basis of one action only.

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.

Larijani also said Iran had not violated any of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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