Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Iran on Wednesday to halt all uranium enrichment activities, saying the international community is demanding "urgent and constructive steps" from Tehran to ease concerns about its nuclear program, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. " Iran must heed the call to stop work linked to uranium enrichment," the agency quoted Lavrov as saying a day after a meeting in Moscow of diplomats from the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany .
"All participants in the meeting agreed that urgent and constructive steps are demanded of Iran in response to the decision of the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency," which has called on Tehran to stop enrichment activity, Lavrov said. But he added no decision had been adopted at the meeting, echoing a top U.S. diplomat who said the envoys recognized the "need for a stiff response to Iran 's flagrant violations of its international responsibilities" but failed to reach agreement on how to proceed, reports the AP.
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