The nations seeking to halt Iran's nuclear activities are working out a new deadline for Tehran despite continuing differences over possible sanctions, the French foreign minister said Wednesday.
With world leaders gathered at the United Nations, the United States had hoped to drive decisively this week toward political and economic sanctions on Iran, now that it has missed a UN deadline to halt disputed uranium enrichment that many believe is aimed at making a bomb.
But US allies are balking. France has instead proposed a compromise deal: a simultaneous suspension of all threats of sanctions and Iran's uranium enrichment.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy pushed ahead with this plan Wednesday. He suggested that the United States and others support it and said they were discussing a possible new timeline.