Russia criticizes Iran after nuclear announcement

Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday criticized Iran after its president said Teheran had successfully enriched uranium for the first time, a potential step toward developing nuclear weapons, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. "We believe that this step is wrong. It goes in contradiction to decisions of the IAEA (the UN nuclear watchdog) and resolutions of the UN Security Council," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin was quoted as saying by ITAR-Tass. The official added that Russia, which has close ties with Tehran, had learned "with concern" of the Iranian announcement.