I really don't think we need any more tension in the Middle East at this time, but we are going to have it whether we like it or not.
IAEA referral stokes Iranian defiance
VIENNA, Austria (CNN) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday followed through on his threat to cease all cooperation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, the nation's state-run media, IRNA, reported.
The move, intended as retaliation for the agency referring Iran to the U.N. Security Council, means the country will begin enriching uranium and put an end to impromptu inspections of its nuclear facilities, IRNA reported.
Iran has said it is pursuing nuclear research for peaceful purposes. The United States and other countries accuse Iran of trying to build nuclear weapons.
Ahmadinejad issued the orders in a letter to Iranian Vice President Gholamreza Aghazadeh, who is the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Iranian television reported.
In a 27-3 vote, the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution Saturday to report Iran to the Security Council. Syria, Venezuela and Cuba voted against the resolution.
China and Russia were skeptical of referring a key trade partner to the Security Council until language was included stating that no action would be taken against Iran -- including sanctions -- until IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei presents a report on the nation's nuclear activities next month.[/i]