Iran's announcement that it has successfully enriched uranium has been condemned by foreign governments.
US SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE
I do think that the Security Council will need to take into
consideration this move by Iran and that it will be time when it
reconvenes on this case for strong steps to make certain that we
maintain the credibility of the international community on this
UN SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN
They have pursued their research but I hope they will be able to come back to the table and work with the international community to find a negotiated solution.
They have maintained that their intention is peaceful use of nuclear energy and if that is indeed the case they should be able to give the international community that assurance and work with everybody to find a solution out of this.
And I appeal to every one to work more actively in search of a diplomatic solution and to cool down the rhetoric.
UK FOREIGN SECRETARY JACK STRAW
The Iranian regime must demonstrate by its words and actions that it is not seeking nuclear weapons. The latest Iranian statement further undermines international confidence in the Iranian regime and is deeply unhelpful...
I call upon Iran to suspend its activities, begin the process of building confidence, and get back into negotiations.
We will remain in close contact with our international partners, whose strong reactions show the depth of international concern there is about Iran's activities.
FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTER PHILIPPE DOUSTE-BLAZY
The announcement by the Iranian authorities of the starting
of 164 centrifuges is worrying.
announcement is confirmed, it goes squarely against the repeated
demands of the IAEA and the United Nations Security Council.
MIKHAIL KAMYNIN, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN
We believe this is a step in the wrong direction. It runs counter to the resolutions of the IAEA board of governors and the declarations from representatives of the United Nations Security Council.
We hope that Iran correctly understands the concern of the international community and takes practical steps to implement IAEA decisions. These include a call for suspension of all uranium enrichment work, including scientific research.
WANG GUANGYA, CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO THE UN
We are concerned about the events and about the way that things are developing because, according to what they announced, certainly I believe it is not in line with what is required of them by the international community, including the IAEA resolution and the Security Council.
So we do appeal once again to all parties to exercise restraint, to act constructively and not to take action that might further aggravate the situation.
EMMA EDWIN, EU SPOKESWOMAN
This is regrettable. We will continue to seek a diplomatic solution, but such announcements are not helpful.
GEN DAN HALUTZ, ISRAELI MILITARY CHIEF OF STAFF
This announcement is worrying for everyone as we have seen with the international reaction.
The Iranians are not there yet. Time is an essential element in the diplomatic process, and I believe that things will change during this process.
SHINZO ABE, JAPAN'S CHIEF CABINET SECRETARY
[Iran's announcement] goes against the messages of the United Nations Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency. It is extremely regrettable.
At this point, we are continuing to make efforts to persuade Iran to accept the proposal of the international community.