The five permanent members of the UN Security Council have agreed to start working on UN sanctions against Iran next week but have failed to bridge differences on how harsh the penalties should be, diplomats and officials said Wednesday night after a top-level meeting in Vienna.
However, while the US called for broad sanctions to punish Iran's nuclear defiance, Russian and Chinese representatives favored less severe measures.
"All agree for the need for sanctions but there are problems with how harsh they should be," said one of the diplomats, whose country is accredited to the IAEA.
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