Archive for Saturday, September 27, 2008

US, Russia reach deal on UN’s Iran resolution

September 27, 2008

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— The U.S. and Russia, striking a compromise, led a new U.N. Security Council effort Friday to condemn Iran's nuclear program that includes no new sanctions.

The brief resolution seeks to reaffirm the three previous ones, which imposed progressively tougher sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt its uranium enrichment program.

It also calls on Tehran "to fully comply, without delay, with its obligations" and meet the requirements of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency.

The council consulted privately for more than an hour Friday afternoon and agreed to hold further talks on the proposal as soon as Monday. It also was briefly discussed earlier in the day at a private meeting of foreign ministers with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pakistan's president.

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