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Nations Agree to Draft Resolution on Iran Nuclear Program

BY Admin  September 26, 2008 at 12:50 PM EDT

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The six world powers planned to submit the draft text to the 15-member U.N. Security Council on Friday, but it was unclear when the body would vote on the measure, Reuters reported.

“We will be presenting a short resolution for consultations today that reaffirms existing resolutions that are on the U.N. books, … (and) reaffirms the unity of the (six powers),” British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told reporters. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner reportedly verified the comments.

The United States, Britain and France have been pushing for a new round of sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment activities, which could be involved in the development of nuclear weapons. China and especially Russia oppose new sanctions.

Miliband said the compromise draft resolution does not include new sanctions, unlike four previous council resolutions.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for civilian uses only. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that Tehran needs to produce nuclear fuel because it cannot rely on other nations to supply enriched uranium, according to the Associated Press.

He also said Tuesday during a speech to the U.N. General Assembly that Iran would resist U.S. “bullying.”

The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has been unable to get sufficient cooperation from Tehran in its investigation into allegations the country is conducting research on an atomic weapon.

“So we will be taking the consequent next steps in our discussions bilaterally and multilaterally,” he said, according to Reuters.