Moscow, Dec 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) 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.