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UN Diplomat: Security Council to Vote Saturday on Iran Sanctions Resolution


A U.N. diplomat says the Security Council will vote Saturday on a resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program.

France's U.N. envoy Jean-Marc de la Sabliere says the 15-member council will vote on an amended version of the European-sponsored resolution. He spoke after council members made revisions to the text late Friday.

A diplomat says Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to be consulted on the text before the vote.

Russia has objected to parts of the draft resolution, including a mandatory travel ban on people involved in Iran's nuclear and missile programs. The travel ban has since been eased.

Russia is a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council.

France, Britain and Germany drafted the resolution, which would ban the supply of certain nuclear- and missile-related materials and technology to Iran.

The United States has been pushing for a strong sanctions resolution because of Iran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment by an August 31st U.N. deadline.

The U.S. and its Western allies believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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