Officials of the Western countries have expressed disappointment following the 17 September speech to the UN General Assembly by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who said Iran has an inalienable right to produce nuclear fuel. He also ruled out Iran making any nuclear weapons.
Western countries, led by the United States, say they fear Iran may be secretly trying to develop nuclear arms. But Russia, which has a veto on the Security Council, has indicated it does not believe the time is right for sanctions.
For RFE/RL's complete coverage of the controversy surrounding Iran's nuclear program, see "Iran's Nuclear Program."