Diplomats: Iran given July 12 deadline

Teheran must suspend enrichment, agree to talks - or face threat of sanctions.

Western powers have set July 12 as an informal deadline for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and agree to talks on its nuclear program - or face the threat of UN Security Council sanctions, diplomats said Monday. The diplomats also said Russia and China were closer than ever before to supporting the West in seeking to pressure Iran with the threat of UN Security Council action - including sanctions - if Teheran refuses a six-power package of incentives meant to wean it off enrichment.
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The envoys - some of them senior UN diplomats, and all familiar with details of the six nations' drive to persuade Iran to compromise on its nuclear activities - spoke just two days before a key Iran-European Union meeting meant to make clear to the Iranians that their time is running out.