US Sets 2-Week Deadline for Iran Sanctions

Vows to push UN for tougher nuke stance, faults Russia, China
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 4:13 PM CDT
In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, right, greets Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi during their meeting in Beijing Friday, Sept....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The US vowed today to fight for new UN sanctions on Iran if its Mideast rival doesn’t stop nuclear activity within two weeks, Reuters reports. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns blamed Russia and China for delaying a third round of economic sanctions; those nations hold veto power on the UN Security Council and are major trading partners with Iran.

Iran has defied three Council resolutions demanding uranium enrichment be halted; two of them included sanctions, most recently in March. Talks are set to begin tomorrow in London between the five permanent Council members, plus Germany, over a new round of possible penalties for Iran.