Western nations announced they will introduce a U.N. Security Council resolution later Wednesday that could trigger sanctions against Iran unless it abandons uranium enrichment, despite objections from Russia and China.
The ambassadors of France and the United States said they hope the Security Council will adopt the resolution before foreign ministers convene in New York next Monday.
The resolution will be written under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which makes any demands mandatory and allows for the use of sanctions and possibly force if they are not obeyed, France's U.N. Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabliere said.
Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but Western nations, and the United States especially, believe it has been seeking a nuclear weapons capability for years, reports AP.
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