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Rice, Lavrov to Discuss Iranian Nuclear Issue in Brussels

By VOA News
07 December 2007

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is meeting with her Russian counterpart in Brussels Friday for talks on Iran, in the wake of a new U.S. intelligence assessment that finds Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said Russian intelligence found no proof that Iran ever had a nuclear weapons program. Russia also remains opposed to a U.S. push for additional U.N. sanctions on Iran for refusing to stop enriching uranium - a key process in developing nuclear fuel for weapons.

On Thursday, Belgium's Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht said NATO and European Union ministers agreed to maintain pressure on Iran because of its nuclear ambitions, despite the new U.S. intelligence report.

The United States says the findings in the report show that international pressure on Tehran has had an effect and must continue.

The leaders of Germany and France have also called for continued international pressure on Iran.

The new U.S. assessment says Iran likely will be capable of producing enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon between 2010 and 2015.

Iran has never acknowledged having a nuclear weapons program and says its nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes only.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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