Russia Warns Iran

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia warned Iran on Wednesday that it would back further United Nations sanctions over its nuclear program unless Tehran halted uranium enrichment in the next few days.

The United States, Britain and France are pushing to impose new punitive measures on Iran, which they suspect of seeking to acquire a nuclear weapon.

Russia’s U.N. envoy Vitaly Churkin said Moscow could back a sanctions resolution the Western powers have drafted and which they are seeking to discuss in the Security Council this week.

“If Iran in the next few days does not stop the enrichment activities of its heavy water project then yes, Russia … has taken upon itself certain commitments… to support the resolution that has been drafted in the past month,” Churkin told reporters via a video link from New York. more

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