The comments by British Ambassador John Sawers contrasted with those of his US counterpart Zalmay Khalilzad, who said he still expected talks among the five permanent Security Council members and Germany to move to New York this month.
World powers failed to agree on Tuesday on final elements of a new UN sanctions resolution against Iran over its nuclear program, but the US State Department said it hoped to get a deal within weeks.
"I think there's still wide differences between, on the one hand, Britain, France, Germany and the United States, on the other Russia and China," Sawers told reporters, adding that he did not expect the issue to come to New York in December.
"I now think it unlikely, unfortunately, that we will be able to make progress during 2007, and we will come back to this issue in 2008," he said.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Wednesday amendments were being made to a sanctions proposal after senior officials known as political directors spoke by conference call on Tuesday.
"Those are being considered in capitals right now," McCormack said. "I would expect, although it's not scheduled yet, perhaps as early as early next week, they will get together once again for a conference call."
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