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Major Powers to Meet on Tuesday on Iran's Nuclear Issue

France has announced that six major powers will meet on Tuesday to discuss possible sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

France's foreign ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said senior diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany will meet in Paris. A European Union representative is expected to join the talks.

The major powers have been working for weeks on possible sanctions against Iran.

France, Germany and Britain have circulated a draft Security Council sanctions resolution. But Russia and China favor less stringent sanctions.

Iran defied an August 31 U.N. deadline for suspending its nuclear enrichment program. Tehran says it has a right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful uses.

The U.S. and its allies believe Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon.

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