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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14078231/ U.N. Security Council reaches Iran resolution Country would face sanctions if uranium program not ended by August
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 28, 2006
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      U.N. Security Council reaches Iran resolution
      Country would face sanctions if uranium program not
      ended by August
      Updated: 17 minutes ago

      UNITED NATIONS - The five permanent members of the
      U.N. Security Council reached a deal Friday on a
      resolution that would give Iran until the end of
      August to suspend uranium enrichment or face the
      threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

      The latest draft is weaker than an initial proposal
      from Britain, France and Germany, with U.S. backing.
      While the earlier version would have made the
      sanctions threat immediate if Iran did not comply, the
      latest draft would essentially give Iran another
      chance later on to come around.

      That was a victory for Russia and China, which argue
      that the resolution is not an ultimatum but a new
      request for Iran to accept a deal that would give it
      various incentives if it suspends uranium enrichment
      and reprocessing.

      “There (are) no sanctions introduced on Iran in the
      draft resolution which we are finalizing,” Russia’s
      U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

      Churkin stressed that work on the resolution was not
      finished, raising the possibility the introduction of
      the draft could be postponed.

      Not waiting for Iran’s response
      The resolution, drafted by Britain, France and Germany
      with U.S. backing, is a follow-up to a July 12
      agreement — by the foreign ministers of those four
      countries, plus Russia and China — to refer Tehran to
      the Security Council for not responding to the
      incentives to suspend enrichment.

      The ministers asked that council members adopt a
      resolution making Iran’s suspension of enrichment
      activities mandatory. Tehran said last week it would
      reply Aug. 22 to the Western incentive package, but
      the council decided to go ahead with a resolution and
      not wait for Iran’s response.

      The draft was formally circulated to the full
      15-member council later Friday and could be adopted
      next week.

      U.S. Ambassador John Bolton portrayed the draft as a
      much tougher statement than Churkin did, stressing the
      eventual threat of sanctions if Iran does not comply.

      “The next step will be the consideration of sanctions
      in the Security Council and it would be our intention
      to move forcefully to get those sanctions adopted,”
      Bolton told the council. Iran on Friday called again
      for international negotiations on its nuclear
      ambitions and said it was considering the incentives.

      ‘Positive step’
      Western nations have dismissed the idea of such talks
      without a halt to Iran’s uranium enrichment.

      Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, speaking
      to reporters in Malaysia, said Tehran considers the
      package as a “positive step” toward a diplomatic
      solution.

      The U.S. and some of its allies accuse Iran of seeking
      to produce highly enriched uranium and plutonium for
      nuclear weapons.

      Tehran maintains its nuclear program is purely
      peaceful and aimed at generating electricity.
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