But a diplomat confirmed that the proposals for extending the March 17 deadline beyond this month have already been turned down by the United States at closed-door council consultations on Monday afternoon.
The US-British-Spanish draft resolution authorizes use of war if Iraq fails to meet UN disarmament demands by March 17. It has so far only been supported by Bulgaria.
To be adopted, the resolution needs nine "yes" votes in the 15-nation council, with the five permanent members -- China, Russia, the United States, France and Britain -- all withholding their veto powers.
Anticipating a potential defeat in the council, the United States and Britain have postponed a vote on the resolution until later this week.