Russia rejects British, French proposals on Iran

Russia's UN ambassador on Friday rejected proposals that would have the UN Security Council demand a quick progress report on Iran's suspect nuclear program, saying half in jest that fast action could lead to the bombing of Iran by June. Andrey Denisov spoke just before a UN Security Council meeting where diplomats planned to consider a revised list of British, French and American proposals for a statement on Iran. The latest draft proposals, obtained by The Associated Press, retain many elements that Russia and China have opposed. A key sticking point for Russia is a proposal asking Mohamed ElBaradei, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to deliver a progress report in two weeks on Iran's progress toward clearing up suspicions about its nuclear program. They say two weeks is far too soon.