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EU Warns Against Quickly Imposing Sanctions on Iran

By VOA News

The European Union says it wants to hold more talks with Iran before deciding on possible U.N. sanctions over Iran's nuclear program.

Top EU officials said Friday that the international community should not immediately put sanctions on Iran for failing to suspend uranium enrichment work by the U.N. Security Council's Thursday deadline.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said again Friday that his country will never give up its nuclear program.

On Thursday, the International Atomic Energy Agency presented a report saying Iran was continuing enrichment work. It said it cannot confirm Iran's claim of pursuing nuclear technology only for peaceful purposes.

Washington's U.N. Ambassador John Bolton called the IAEA report a warning signal to the international community about Iran's nuclear intentions.

Russia said it regrets Iran's decision to defy the Security Council deadline.

President Bush said there must be consequences for what he called Iran's defiance. He stressed that Iran cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.

Next week, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns travels to Europe for talks on sanctions with counterparts from other world powers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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