Clinton: China, Russia on Board for Iran Sanctions

Fourth round supposed to be the toughest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 18, 2010 9:54 AM CDT
Updated May 18, 2010 10:19 AM CDT
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – The US and the other permanent members of the UN Security Council—Britain, China, France, and Russia—have agreed on a package of strong new sanctions to impose on Iran over its suspect nuclear program, Hillary Clinton said today. The secretary of state says the draft plan will be circulated to the entire council today after months of painstaking negotiations.

Clinton said the deal had been reached in cooperation with China and Russia, which have previously resisted calls for a new round of sanctions. "This announcement is as convincing an answer to the efforts undertaken by Tehran over the last few days as any we could provide," Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "There are a number of unanswered questions regarding the announcement coming from Tehran."

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