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Britain: Deal Emerging on Iran Sanctions

By VOA News

Britain's U.N. ambassador says a deal is emerging on a U.N. resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend its uranium enrichment program.

British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said Friday a resolution could be finalized by Tuesday. But Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said, while delegates have made modest progress, "things are not ready yet."

The five permanent U.N. Security Council members, the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain, plus Germany are trying to reach agreement on a sanctions resolution.

One issue of contention has been a U.S.-backed travel ban against top officials in Iran's nuclear and missile programs. Russia is opposed to such a ban.

Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani said Friday Western nations will face "painful" measures if the U.N. Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program.

Iran ignored an August 31 U.N. deadline to suspend uranium enrichment.

The U.S. and its Western allies believe Iran's enrichment activities are part of a program to develop nuclear weapons. Iran says its nuclear program is to produce energy, not weapons.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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