Iran has rejected calls to halt atomic fuel production. Instead it has declared it will expand its work. This is the country’s first official response to the UN’s July 31 resolution.
Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larinjani told a news conference that Tehran will expand nuclear technology at whatever stage necessary and this will include all of its nuclear technology. But he added that the work would be conducted under UN inspection.
The UN has given Iran until August 31 to stop uranium enrichment or face the threat of sanctions. That is something which Russia and China have argued against. Iran is a major oil exporter and could play the “oil card” in response to imposed economic penalties. The US and other nations have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons, but Iran says its motives are peaceful.