Iran faces new global sanctions after ignoring an offer designed to halt its uranium enrichment program, the AP reports. In a move intended to boost international pressure, the UN Security Council's permanent members, plus Germany, agreed today that their only option is to turn up the heat. "Iran has a clear choice: engagement or isolation," a US State Department spokesman said.
The Council, which has hit Iran with three rounds of sanctions, said its incentives package would have allowed the country to develop a "modern civil nuclear power program." Tehran has promised to reply to the offer in writing tomorrow, two days past the deadline; the US, Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia will evaluate the response when it comes, the spokesman said.