Iran's construction of new uranium enrichment centrifuges technically does not run counter to the country's obligations to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

"We were told by the IAEA that they [the Iranians] will install next generation centrifuges. In principle, they have been urged to freeze enrichment until some result is achieved at negotiations. But they are doing everything in line with their commitments under the safeguards agreement," he said.

"The IAEA has been notified, and the IAEA will be there and will supervise this, but I'd like to repeat that, in principle, this is a legalistic aspect of the matter, while the political-legal aspect is that we, along with the other Security Council members, have called on Iran to freeze enrichment operations during the negotiations," he said.

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