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Russia: No support for new sanctions against Iran

9 November 2011 Last updated at 16:48 GMT

Russia has ruled out supporting fresh sanctions against Iran, despite a UN report that says Tehran may be trying to develop nuclear weapons.

Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov told Interfax news agency that extra sanctions could be interpreted as a means of regime change in Iran.

Earlier, France and the US both said they would pursue new sanctions against Iran in the wake of the IAEA report.

Iran insists that its nuclear programme is for peaceful means.

The BBC's Tehran correspondent, James Reynolds reports.