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Ahmadinejad hits out at Russia for backing IAEA resolution

RIA Novosti

11:34 02/12/2009 MOSCOW, December 2 (RIA Novosti) - Iranian President Mahmound Ahmadinejad has said Russia "made a mistake" when it backed the UN nuclear watchdog's recent resolution on Iran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) censured Iran for withholding information on its controversial nuclear program in a resolution last week. It also urged Iran to freeze construction of its newly revealed uranium enrichment facility in Qom.

"Russia made a mistake. It made an incorrect analysis of the current international situation," Ahmadinejad told the national TV.

He added that the recently announced plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities in Iran were not a "bluff" and Tehran would go ahead with the program.

"There is no room for bluff in this regard. We are set to achieve everything that was declared," Ahmadinejad said

Iran's government instructed the country's nuclear organization on Sunday to start building five new plants and outline locations for another five within two months. The facilities will be similar to the existing facility in Natanz. The Iranian leader has set a goal to produce about 250-300 metric tons of nuclear fuel annually.

The Iranian president added that his country had no plans to report to the IAEA on its nuclear projects.

"We are not obliged to inform the International Atomic Energy Agency about our nuclear facility construction plans unless the technology is imported," he said.

"Sanctions will have no effect. Aggressors will regret it as soon as they put their finger on trigger," he said.

A diplomatic source said on Tuesday Russia would back sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear program if an international consensus is reached.

"If there is a consensus on sanctions, Russia will not remain in isolation," the source said.



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