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Iran Six to discuss sanctions in coming weeks - Clinton

RIA Novosti


NEW YORK, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - The six nations, involved in negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program "continue to be unified" and will start consultations on a new set of sanctions in the coming weeks, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

In early March, the Iran Six discussed a possible new UN Security Council resolution that imposes further sanctions against Tehran over its controversial nuclear program. The six countries, including the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia, comprise a group of international mediators negotiating with Iran on its nuclear program.

"There will be a great deal of further consultation not only among the (six), but other members of the Security Council and other member nations during the next weeks," she told a news conference at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

Iran has so far defied international calls to halt uranium enrichment and vowed to pursue its nuclear program despite three sets of UN sanctions imposed on the country.

Russia, which along with China earlier opposed to further sanctions against the Islamic Republic, recently indicated that it might discuss sanctions if no progress is reached by diplomatic means.

Clinton said earlier this week that China might agree on a new set of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"We see a growing awareness on the part of many countries, including China, as to the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran to regional and global stability, to our oil supply, and we think that there will be a consensus reached as to the best way forward," she said.

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