Iran Sanctions Delayed Until November

World powers put off taking action against nuclear program
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2007 3:55 PM CDT
Iran Sanctions Delayed Until November
British Ambassador to the U.N. Emyr Jones Parry, left, talks on a telephone while U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Daniel Wolff, right, and Chinese Ambassador Wang Guangya, second from right, speak to French Ambassador .Jean-Marc de La Sabliere before a Security Council meeting to vote on sanctions against...   (Associated Press)

Foreign ministers from the US, China, UK, Russia, Germany, and France agreed today to postpone a vote on sanctioning Iran for its nuclear program until at least the end of November. The date depends on reports from the UN nuclear watchdog and EU foreign policy chief Javier Solano, whom the Security Council asked to hold further talks with Tehran, Reuters reports.

The agreement was a disappointment to the US and France, because both urged swifter responses to Iran's refusal to halt uranium enrichment; Russia and China in particular opposed hasty economic sanctions. Germany, Iran's biggest trading partner, insisted that sanctions be within the UN framework and eschewed military intervention. Iran's foreign minister called economic sanctions "ineffective." (More Iran stories.)

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