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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ahmadinejad Defiant Over UN Resolution

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday dismissed any new UN sanctions resolution as "a torn piece of paper" that would not stop Tehran's nuclear work, Iran's official news agency reported.

"Issuing such torn pieces of paper ... will not have an impact on the Iranian nation's will [to obtain nuclear technology]," Ahmadinejad said, the agency reported.

The United States and Russia said major powers Wednesday had reached a broad agreement on sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program and were submitting a text to their governments for approval.

The goal is to distribute a draft resolution on Thursday to the 10 rotating members of the 15-nation UN Security Council, who could vote on it as early as next week.

"We have an agreement in principle based on some additional changes that were introduced and presented today by some delegations," U.S. ambassador to the UN Alejandro Wolff said.

"So it's new elements and understandings that need confirmation from capitals," he said.

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the UN, said the text had "by and large" been agreed on.

"On some of the elements, some delegations are still double checking with their governments," he said. If they come back with some problems, of course we are going to have problems as well."

"As far as we're concerned, we're tentatively ... pleased with the outcome," Churkin said.

The measure, which includes an embargo on weapons that Iran could export, would penalize Tehran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, which Western countries suspect Tehran is mastering so it can produce atom bombs.