Differences still remain on Iran nuclear sanctions

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22 December 2006, New York (dpa) - The five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany met Thursday to discuss targeted sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment programme, but the meeting ended without any clear indication that they had resolved their differences.

22 December 2006

New York (dpa) - The five UN Security Council permanent members and Germany met Thursday to discuss targeted sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment programme, but the meeting ended without any clear indication that they had resolved their differences.

Envoys from the US, Russia, France, Britain and China - the five veto powers - met at the French mission to the UN with their counterpart from Germany to iron out a council resolution that could be put to a vote as early as Friday.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin on Wednesday said negotiators had agreed to remove a travel ban on Iranian officials as a compromise to reach a consensus in the 15-nation council, and said two or three hurdles remained to be resolved. He did not elaborate.

Diplomats had hoped that a vote would be taken on Friday, but Thursday's discussion failed to confirm that possibility and the issue of voting was still undecided.

Churkin on Thursday told reporters that he thought the text would be ready for a vote on Saturday provided the differences were resolved.

A travel ban and freeze of assets on Iranians associated with their country's nuclear programmes and the embargo of sale of nuclear-related technology to Iran were the main sanctions under discussion by the council.

The sanctions proposals were initiated by Germany, France and Britain - the European trio charged with negotiating a halt to Iranian nuclear activities.

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