Turkey-Brazil calls for consultations, West sanctions on Iran 'ready'

Turkey and Brazil have called for a consultative meetings at the UNSC ahead of fresh attempts to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, diplomatic sources told Anadolu news agency.

Turkey-Brazil calls for consultations, West sanctions on Iran 'ready'

Turkey and Brazil have called for a consultative meetings at the UN Security Council ahead of fresh attempts to impose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, diplomatic sources told Anadolu news agency.

Office of the UN Spokesperson said the meetings are set to begin today as sources said attempt to impose sanctions on Iran were expected to speed up.

UN Security Council's rotating president, Mexico, said last week that a resolution might be voted at the Council within ten days.

"Sanctions vote on Wednesday"


However, Western nations are pressing the U.N. Security Council to vote on Wednesday on a resolution imposing a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, diplomats told Reuters news agency.

Diplomats from several Western countries were in talks on Monday after the 15-nation council held private discussions on how to proceed with a sanctions resolution that is now almost ready.

Monday's discussions were requested by Turkey and Brazil, two countries that have signed a nuclear fuel deal with Iran that they say obviates the need for sanctions.

Ankara and Brasilia had sought a full open meeting of the council to discuss Iran before a vote but eventually agreed there should be further closed-door consultations on Tuesday at ambassadorial level instead. The Western diplomats said they expected the vote could take place the day after that.

"We'll have consultations tomorrow, another round," U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice told reporters. Asked if the vote would take place this week, she nodded affirmatively.

Turkey, Brazil and Lebanon are not expected to vote for the resolution, but none of them has a veto. Western diplomats are hoping 12 countries, including all five veto-holding permanent council members.

The four Western powers had wanted tougher measures -- some targeting Iran's energy sector -- but Beijing and Moscow worked hard to dilute the proposed steps.

The draft resolution targets new Iranian banks abroad, including the central bank. It would also expand the U.N. arms embargo against Tehran.

Diplomats say the exact timing of the vote depends on final agreement on annexes listing members of and firms controlled by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, entities belonging to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, and other firms and individuals linked to Iran's nuclear and missile programs.

Companies and individuals listed in the annexes will face asset freees and international travel bans.


Agencies

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