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19 Dec, 2006 04:38

UN Security Council to discuss new draft resolution on Iran

UN Security Council to discuss new draft resolution on Iran

Iran's nuclear ambitions remain a hot topic this week with U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, calling on Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, to discuss a new draft of a UN resolution on Iran's nuclear programme.

Although there's no word on whether any agreement was reached, U.S. officials say a vote on the resolution is close.

The U.S., along with the UK, France, and Germany, are pushing for a vote on the UN resolution that would impose economic sanctions on Iran for its nuclear ambitions.

Russia and China oppose several points of the resolution, including a travel ban and freezing assets of several people involved in Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programme.