Russia and China refuse to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran until the UN nuclear agency reports on Teheran's disclosure of its past suspicious nuclear work at the end of the year, France's foreign minister said Thursday.
Bernard Kouchner said France, the United States and Britain are trying to persuade the Russians and Chinese not to wait to consider a new UN Security Council resolution that would toughen sanctions against Iran for defying council demands to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
But he said he did not think the council would be able to take up a new sanctions resolution until after December when the International Atomic Energy Agency's report is due.
"I think that it would be very difficult to convince the Russians and the Chinese before," Kouchner told international reporters at a breakfast meeting. "We'll do our best to convince them, but honestly, the position was difficult to tackle."