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OAK BLUFFS, Massachusetts, Aug 28 (Reuters) - The latest report on Iran's nuclear activities by the International Atomic Energy Agency shows Tehran continues to defy the international community and expand its nuclear program, an Obama administration official said on Friday.
"It demonstrates that Iran continues to expand its nuclear program and continues to deny the IAEA full cooperation," said the official. He termed steps Iran has taken "overdue" and "limited" and said they fell short of requirements included in international resolutions.
US President Barack Obama warned Tehran earlier this year that Washington wanted to see a positive response to its friendlier overtures by the end of September.
If not, Mr Obama said the US was prepared to press for new sanctions against Iran.
On Wednesday, the US envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Glyn Davies, said Iran could already have enough low-enriched uranium to produce a bomb, if it was further enriched.
MOSCOW, June 22 (RIA Novosti) - Russia has bought 12 unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel in a recent deal worth $53 million, a Russian government official said on Monday.
"The contract envisions the purchase of 12 UAV, including two heavy vehicles and 10 small vehicles. The delivery has not yet been made because the contract was signed only recently," Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, deputy head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti.
Dzirkaln said the main goal of the purchase was to study the Israeli achievements in the development of spy drones in order to build reliable UAVs domestically.
In the days preceding this week's historic meeting of the BRICs -- Brazil, Russia, India and China -- in Russia, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was in Moscow promoting Israeli-Russian ties. Lieberman took the opportunity to point out that Russian attitudes towards Israel were better than in a lot of Western European countries where, in Liberman's calculus, sympathy for the Palestinians in the wake of Gaza amounts to anti-Semitism.
Born in Moldova and a fluent Russian speaker, Lieberman was able to speak to Putin directly in Russian. Each pledged to develop ties further, to involve Russia in Middle East issues. Could a new Jerusalem-Moscow axis be emerging to counter the nascent Washington-Cairo-Ramallah one?
Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday the Kremlin has promised to reconsider the planned delivery of air defense missiles to Iran that Israel and the U.S. fear could be used to protect Iran's nuclear facilities.
Russia has signed a contract to supply the powerful S-300 missiles to Iran, but has dragged its feet on delivering them.