Russia has insisted it is opposed to moves by the United States and its allies to impose sanctions against Iran. At a meeting in Moscow, Russian officials met delegates from the US, Britain, France, Germany and China to discuss the latest moves in Iran’s disputed nuclear programme. Afterwards Russian spokesman Mikhail Kamynin insisted that neither the sanctions route nor the use of force would lead to a solution of the problem.
In Washington, the Bush administration says further action is needed. White House spokesman Scott McLennan said: “Violations and failures by the regime to comply with its international obligations run contrary to the regime’s claims that its nuclear programme is solely for peaceful purposes”. The United Nations security Council has given Teheran until 28 April to stop work on making enriched uranium. However Iran has defended its right to continue the programme which it says is for peaceful purposes. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared at an army parade the country would defend itself against any attack.