The U.N. nuclear agency voted Friday to censure Iran's nuclear activities amid suspicions by many in the international community that Tehran is developing atomic weapons.
Iran's foreign ministry dismissed the measure as a "useless" move aimed at putting pressure on Iran. Members of the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-member governing board passed a resolution in Vienna, demanding that Iran stop enriching uranium.
The measure also urges Iran to halt construction of a recently revealed uranium enrichment site -- and to confirm it has no other hidden nuclear activities.Friday's vote is significant because Russia and China were among the 25 nations that backed the resolution.
The two countries have long been more reluctant than the United States and Europe to punish Iran for enriching uranium. Iran's envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh said the measure jeopardizes the cooperative environment needed for productive talks on Iran's nuclear program.