Medvedev hopes 'irresponsible' Iran listening
Russia's Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday he hoped an "irresponsible" Iran was listening to the international community after the UN Security Council agreed on a new draft resolution.
"The situation is this: an agreement on sanctions exists," the president said in Germany after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel. "We hope that the voice of the international community is heard by Iranian leadership."
"Such expressions of irresponsible behaviour cannot be continued. What is said internationally needs to be listened to. Only this way can the most complex tasks be solved," he said.
The comments came after the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France -- agreed on a draft new resolution that includes fresh sanctions against Iran over the Islamic republic's sensitive nuclear work.
Both Russia and China have been more reticent than the others on sanctions, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that "paralysing sanctions" had been purged from a new draft resolution to take into account "the economic interests" of Moscow and Beijing.
The White House said Thursday it was confident the UN Security Council would back toughened sanctions on Iran in the next week.
Senior US officials said last week they were forging ahead with a resolution without Brazil and Turkey, two non-permanent Security Council members that brokered a nuclear fuel swap deal with Iran aimed at forestalling sanctions.
Under the deal reached last month Iran committed to deposit 1,200 kilogrammes (2,640 pounds) of low-enriched uranium in Turkey in return for reactor fuel.
But the accord drew a cool reaction from world powers led by the United States.
© 2010 AFP