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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Won't Back U.S. Draft on Iran

APDenisov leaving a five-nation meeting about Iran in New York on Wednesday.
UNITED NATIONS -- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia would not back the latest U.S. draft of a statement on Iran by the Security Council chair because it could provide a basis for introducing sanctions.

He spoke as the five veto-wielding members of the Security Council reported little progress after new talks meant to craft a unified message urging Iran to come clean about its suspected nuclear program.

"The deadlines outlined in the proposed draft are quite categorical and provide a foundation for sanctions against Iran. We consider it all premature," Lavrov said Wednesday in Beijing.

After their talks Wednesday, the five veto-wielding council members said more talks were needed. "We will meet from time to time, but we didn't discuss any proposals to arrange the meeting of the whole membership," Russian UN Ambassador Andrei Denisov said. "We still need some more time to consult."