Moscow: Iran will not cave in to external pressure and halt 20-percent uranium enrichment, the head of Iran`s Atomic Energy Organisation said Tuesday.
"The Islamic Republic will not stop 20-percent uranium enrichment at the demands of other countries," Fereydoun Abbasi Davani was quoted by Iranian news agencies as saying.
Abbasi`s remarks follow media reports saying that the next round of negotiations between Iran and a group of international mediators could take place in January 2013.
The IAEA has said an agreement on Iran`s nuclear programme could be achieved in January.
Western countries led by the US suspect Iran of pursuing a secret nuclear weapons programme, but Tehran insists it needs the enriched uranium for peaceful energy generation.