Thursday, May 04, 2006
AP: Britain & France face-off against Russia & China at UN over Iran sanctions
By NICK WADHAMS, Associated Press Writer -- Thursday, May 4, 3:41 AM ET
UNITED NATIONS - Over Chinese and Russian opposition, Western nations circulated aresolution that would demand abandon uranium enrichment or face the threat of unspecified further measures, a possible reference to sanctions.
Jean Marc de La Sabliere, French Ambassador to the United Nations, standing beside Emyr Jones Parry, right, British Ambassador to the U.N., as they address the media after a closed doors Security Council consultations on the nuclear program of Iran at U.N. headquarters in New York Wednesday. (AP Photo/David Karp)
Britain and France, backed by the United States, hope to wrap up negotiations on the legally binding resolution before a meeting of foreign ministers in New York on Monday. However, diplomats acknowledged that resistance from China and Russia may prolong talks well beyond that.
The resolution, presented Wednesday, is the latest in weeks of negotiations over how to confront suspicions about Iran's nuclear program, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes. The United States and France accuse the country of secretly trying to build nuclear weapons.
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