April 29, 2006

Russia tells Iran to suspend enriching uranium

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
on Saturday told his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki to
suspend enriching uranium and ensure full-scale cooperation
with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the IAEA.

"The Russian side reiterated there is an urgent need for
Iran to take concrete steps to restore trust in its nuclear
programme ... by suspending scientific and exploration work on
enriching uranium and through full-scale cooperation with the
IAEA to clarify the last remaining questions on Iran's nuclear
programme," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It said Lavrov had spoken to Mottaki by telephone. The
conversation had been initiated by the Iranian side, it added.