US: UN warning Iran to back off in nuclear dispute

Each of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council has told Iran to drop plans for new nuclear activities or risk being hauled before the powerful body for possible sanctions, the United States said Monday. Although the US and European allies have been sending that message for weeks, China and Russia are now doing the same, State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. Those nations plus the US are the five permanent Security Council members. All are nuclear powers themselves and could individually veto any punishment the body might try to impose on Iran for pursuing what the United States claims is a fradulent and dangerous drive for nuclear technology.