- Nov 22, 2003
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Iran refuses to budge on UN demands
By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press Writer2 hours, 57 minutes ago
Iran called Wednesday for talks with the United States but despite a U.N. Security Council deadline did not budge on council demands that it mothball its uranium enrichment program or face harsher sanctions.
Amid Iran's nuclear defiance, the U.N. nuclear watchdog finalized a report to be released Thursday that is expected to formally confirm the Islamic republic's refusal to freeze enrichment a conclusion that could subject it to tougher U.N. sanctions.
Officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency said the report by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the Vienna-based U.N. agency, would say Iran has expanded enrichment efforts instead of freezing them....
No new sanctions were expected immediately.
Discussions on a resolution aimed at stepping up pressure on Iran to suspend enrichment are expected to start next week, a Security Council diplomat said in New York, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.