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Negotiations Continue Over Iran Resolution at UN


The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council met again in New York Saturday to continue negotiations on a draft resolution on Iran's nuclear program.

The diplomats are working hard to find a compromise with the hope that a resolution could be adopted by Monday. That is when the foreign ministers of the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany meet in New York for what is being called an Iran "strategy session."

Russia and China have insisted that a Security Council resolution on Iran stress diplomacy instead of raising the threat of sanctions or military force. If the resolution is adopted under Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter such options would be available.

Earlier, in Moscow, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Kislyak told news agencies that the draft resolution being debated in New York requires, in his words, "major changes."

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton told reporters Saturday that he has new ideas for trying to resolve the impasse, and he believes a compromise will be agreed upon because all five nations share the common goal of an Iran without nuclear weapons. "I think there are a number of differences, but the strategic objective - which is to keep Iran from having nuclear weapons - I think is still agreed by all five permanent members and we are going to try and find a way to get a binding resolution that requires Iran to adhere to a series of consistent decisions by the International Atomic Energy Agency and that's what we are pressing for," he said.

Iran has denied Western accusations that it is secretly trying to build nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is for the generation of electricity for peaceful purposes, which it says is its "inalienable right."

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