U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the U.N. Security Council must be ready to take action against Iran if it fails to end sensitive nuclear activities.
In Bulgraria for a NATO meeting on Thursday, Rice said it is highly unlikely that Iran will comply with Council demands to end uranium enrichment by Friday. Rice said the United States believes the Security Council has to act to remain credible.
Earlier, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed his country would not give in to pressure to curb its nuclear program. He said no one can take nuclear technology away from his country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday that the International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.) should deal with Iran, and not refer it to the Security Council where Iran could face sanctions.
On Friday, The I.A.E.A. is scheduled to present a report to the U.N. Security Council on Iran's compliance with demands to stop sensitive nuclear work.
Iranian nuclear chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh met with I.A.E.A. head Mohamed ElBaradei in Vienna Wednesday for last-minute talks on the issue. No breakthrough was reported.