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Headline: Resolution Stops Short of Harsh Sanctions for Iran

Shortly following Bush's tense statements calling Iran the world's leading state sponsor of terror, Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany agreed today to new sanctions against the country. The draft UN resolution calls for direct talks with Iran, which would also include the US. After talks in Berlin, the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany agreed to the resolution, which encourages the international community to be vigilant, but does not go as far as the US had hoped.

Russia and China, who have trade relations with Iran, strongly oppose harsh sanctions, especially following last month's US intelligent report which concluded that Iran ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Washington had been pushing for broad sanctions, similar to unilateral US sanction imposed last year. Instead, all six nations agreed to a carrot and stick approach, offering incentives to Iran for suspending uranium enrichment, and further sanctions if it does not.

The exact details of the resolution will not be revealed until it is presented to the other 10 members of the UN Security Council for passage.


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