Major powers meeting ends without new Iran sanctions

Iran says it is ready to send its LEU abroad only if there is a simultaneous exchange of fuel inside the country.

Major powers meeting ends without new Iran sanctions

Representatives of six major powers ended a meeting in New York Saturday to consider new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme without reaching agreement.

The closed-door working luncheon, which lasted a little over two hours, grouped the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Britain, China France, Russia and the United States -- plus Germany.

"It is inconclusive in the sense that we didn't make any decisions right away," Russian delegate Sergei Ryabkov told reporters.

Beijing, which has been cool to a fourth round of sanctions on Tehran backed by the West, sent a lower-level diplomat, while the other countries were represented by political directors of their respective foreign ministries.

China, which has close economic and energy ties with Iran, has said new sanctions would be premature and that more time should be given for diplomacy to work.

Tehran rejects a deal under which most of Iran's low enriched uranium (LEU) stockpile would be shipped abroad to be further enriched into reactor fuel.

Tehran has ignored a US-set December 31 deadline to accept the offer, drawn up by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, and countered with its own proposal of a simultaneous and staged swap of LEU with reactor fuel.

Iran says it is ready to send its LEU abroad only if there is a simultaneous exchange of fuel inside the country.


Agencies


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