‘Major Powers agree on Iran resolution’

Nov 30, -0001
WASHINGTON: Major world powers have agreed on a draft sanctions resolution against Iran and will circulate it to the full U.N. Security Council on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers.

"We have reached agreement on a strong draft with the cooperation of Russia and China," Clinton said of talks among the five permanent Security Council members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- as well as Germany.

"We plan to circulate the draft resolution to the entire Security Council today," Clinton added in a text released by the U.S. State Department of her comments before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The agreement appears something of a rebuff to a deal worked out by Brazil and Turkey, under which Iran would send some of its uranium abroad, reviving a fuel swap plan devised last year to try to keep Tehran's nuclear activities in check.

The United States and its Western allies accuse Iran of using its civilian nuclear program as a cover under which to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies this, saying its nuclear program is solely to generate electricity. AGENCIES






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