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Yesterday, Sergei Lavrov, Russia's foreign minister, also warned the use of force was no answer to the stand-off over Iran. "If such plans exist, they will not be able to solve this problem," he said. "On the contrary, they could create a dangerous explosive blaze in the Middle East, where there are already enough blazes."
George Bush, the US president, has dismissed media reports of plans for strikes on Iran as "wild speculation".
Those who condemned Iran's announcement included China's ambassador to the UN, who said Tehran's enrichment move was "not in line with what is required of them by the international community".
Elsewhere, schoolchildren wearing bibs embossed with "nuclear power is our irrevocable right" chanted slogans and waved the national flag.