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Uranium_enrichment_proportions.svgUS President Barack Obama pushed for a “significant regime of sanctions” against Iran unless it accepts international proposals aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions.

Stepping up the heat on Iran’s leaders at an impromptu appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama said the United States and five other world powers were “moving along fairly quickly” to tighten the screws on Tehran.

He indicated that his administration had made headway in persuading Russia to overcome its traditional resistance to imposing new sanctions on Iran, even if he was uncertain about whether China would join the other powers.

Security Council permanent member.

Iran announced on Tuesday it has begun work to enrich uranium to 20 percent, which it says is for a medical research reactor in Tehran.

AFP

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