Published: 12.06.07, 02:05 / Israel News
The proposal for the third round of sanctions - aimed at pressuring Tehran to comply with international demands in its pursuit of nuclear power will likely be drafted sometime next week and brought before the Security Council for further debate.
Washington has gone to lengths to maintain support for the approval of the sanctions, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley leading the damage control efforts. The two spoke with their counterparts in Russia, France, Britain and Germany and emphasized that the US still believes Iran to be a possible threat. The way to prevent military action in the future, they said, was to utilize diplomacy now.
The Iranians have a strategic choice to make,'' Bush said. ''They can come clean with the international community about the scope of their nuclear activities, and fully accept the long-standing offer to suspend their enrichment program and come to the table and negotiate, or they can continue on a path of isolation.''
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