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Russian President Putin (right) welcomes French Foreign Minister de Villepin in Moscow, 14 February (epa)
14 February 2006 -- Russia and France today reiterated their call for Iran to cease all work linked with the enrichment and processing of nuclear fuel.
In a joint statement released after French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin visited the Kremlin, the two countries recognized Iran's right to pursue a peaceful nuclear program for energy and said that Russia's proposal to enrich uranium for Iran was an opportunity to resolve the problem.
Earlier, de Villepin told Russian President Vladimir Putin that France and Russia should work more closely together to resolve international problems such as the Iranian nuclear crisis and tensions in the Middle East.
The Russian president said the talks were an opportunity to "synchronize watches" on a number of international issues.
(Reuters, AP, Interfax)
READOn 4 February, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency approved in a 27-3 vote a resolution to report the matter of Iran's nuclear program to the United Nations Security Council. The key section of the resolution is Section 1, which states that the Board of Governors:
Underlines that outstanding questions can best be resolved and confidence built in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's program by Iran responding positively to the calls for confidence-building measures which the Board has made on Iran, and in this context deems it necessary for Iran to:
- reestablish full and sustained suspension of all enrichment-related and processing activities, including research and development, to be verified by the Agency;
- reconsider the construction of a research reactor moderated by heavy water;
- ratify promptly and implement in full Additional Protocol;
- pending ratification, continue to act in accordance with the provisions of the Additional Protocol with Iran signed on 18 December 2003;
- implement the transparency measures, as requested by the Director General, which extend beyond the former requirements of the Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol, and include such access to individuals, documentation relating to procurement, dual use equipment, certain military-owned workshops and research and development as the Agency may request in support of its ongoing investigations.
COMPLETE TEXT: To read the final resolution, with late-hour changes highlighted, click here.
THE COMPLETE PICTURE: RFE/RL's complete coverage of controversy surrounding Iran's nuclear program.
An annotated timeline of Iran's nuclear program.