Envoys Can't Agree on New Iran Nuke Sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) - Diplomats from six major world powers, including the U.S., have failed to reach consensus on a fourth round of U.N. sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

Senior envoys from the U.N. Security Council's five permanent members and Germany met at the State Department to prepare for talks set for next week on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly session in New York.

A State Department spokesman says the envoys did reaffirm their commitment to the strategy of offering Tehran incentives to stop enriching uranium but threatening new sanctions if it doesn't comply.

Iran insists its nuclear program is designed to produce atomic power and not weapons. It's already under three sets of U.N. sanctions and has been unmoved despite signs that its economy has been hit hard.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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