Countries agree on Iran amendments, not 'time-out'

March 23, 2007 00:46

Six major powers agreed on minor amendments Thursday to a new resolution to step up pressure against Iran to suspend uranium enrichment but rejected a 90-day "time out" on all sanctions against Tehran sought by South Africa. Acting US Ambassador Alejandro Wolff said the United States also rejected amendments by Indonesia and Qatar calling for the Middle East to be free of weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them because the resolution deals with the Iranian nuclear issue. Wolff and French Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere said they hope the UN Security Council will vote on the resolution this week. It's "getting a little bit harder, but it's still possible," Wolff said.

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