UN P5, Germany move toward new sanctions on Iran

08:41, May 19, 2010      

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The United States on Tuesday circulated a draft resolution backed by veto-wielding powers to the United Nations Security Council that would impose new sanctions on Iran.

"The draft resolution would both build on existing UN sanctions on Iran and give them additional teeth, while also expanding the breadth and reach of UN sanctions on Iran by creating new categories of sanctions," U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters after a closed-door session of the 15-member Council.

The U.S.-sponsored resolution, which is meant to punish Tehran for its non-compliance with previous UN resolutions, has the support of the other four veto-wielding members of the Security Council -- Britain, France, China, Russia -- and Germany, known as the P5 plus One. The group has been engaged in a series of meetings since last year, trying to find a consensus on how to respond to Iran's nuclear issue.

"The draft is clear evidence of the grave concern of the international community," French Ambassador to the UN Gerard Araud told reporters.

Tougher than previous resolutions, the draft proposal imposes broad-based sanctions targeting a wide range of pressure points associated with Iran's nuclear and proliferation activities, including new expectations on Iran to comply with its obligations under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN atomic watchdog.

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