Major powers fail to agree on new Iran sanctions

AFP
Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Representatives of six major powers ended a meeting in New York Saturday to mull a response to Iran’s nuclear defiance without reaching agreement, a Russian official said.

“We had a very sober assessment,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters. “It is inconclusive in the sense that we did not make any decisions right away.”

The closed-door working luncheon, which lasted a little over two hours, grouped the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — Britain, China France, Russia and the United States — plus Germany.

Beijing, which has been cool to the prospect of slapping a fourth round of sanctions on Tehran backed by the West, sent a lower-level diplomat, while the other countries were represented by political directors of their respective foreign ministries.

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