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|Iran 'ignores nuclear deadline'
||Iran 'ignores nuclear deadline'
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|Iran has failed to stop enriching uranium despite a UN deadline calling for a halt to its nuclear programme, the UN nuclear agency says.||Iran has failed to stop enriching uranium despite a UN deadline calling for a halt to its nuclear programme, the UN nuclear agency says.|
The findings are set out in a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), leaked to the media.
The IAEA is due to submit the report to the UN Security Council later. It could pave the way for sanctions.
Earlier, Iran's president said Tehran would not yield to international pressure to halt its programme.
Western powers accuse Iran of trying covertly to develop a nuclear bomb.
But Iran maintains it has a right to a nuclear programme which, it says, has a purely civilian aspect.
"Iran has not suspended its enrichment related activities," the IAEA report is quoted as saying.
"Iran has not addressed the long outstanding verification issues or provided the necessary transparency to remove uncertainties associated with some of its activities," the report goes on.
The report says Iran started one new round of enrichment only days ahead of the 31 August UN deadline, diplomatic sources say.
But inspectors have found no "concrete proof" that the nuclear programme "is of a military nature," one official told journalists on condition of anonymity.
|Iran will not back down an inch: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad||Iran will not back down an inch: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad|
US President George W Bush warned that there would be "consequences" for Iran.
|"It is time for Iran to make a choice," he told a meeting of US veterans in Salt Lake City.||"It is time for Iran to make a choice," he told a meeting of US veterans in Salt Lake City.|
The US has been pushing for a resolution that could impose sanctions if Iran failed to meet the deadline.
What form any sanctions against Iran would take has yet to be determined.
Russia and China, which can both veto action at the Security Council, have urged patience and said they would not support severe punishments.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani have agreed to hold "face-to-face" talks in coming days.
A diplomat told the AFP news agency they would meet in Berlin on 6 September.
This would come a day before a meeting of the six powers that offered Tehran a package of incentives in exchange for a halt to its nuclear work, he said.