US official: UN Security Council weighing new Iran sanctions

The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany have agreed to begin considering new sanctions on Iran after it failed to respond positively to an incentives package aimed at defusing the dispute over its nuclear program, a US official told The Associated Press Wednesday. The official said the decision to move ahead came during a conference call Wednesday between European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and senior diplomats from the six nations that offered the incentives. The diplomats agreed that Iran appears to be stalling and that they have no choice but to pursue new punitive measures, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as an announcement has not yet been made.