Foreign ministers of major world powers have failed to find a joint strategy for dealing with Iran’s nuclear programme. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council met in New York to discuss a draft resolution that would legally require Iran to halt uranium enrichment. But the proposal, supported by Britain, France and the US, has met with resistance from Russia and China. A key sticking point is sanctions. Newly-appointed British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett said: “Everybody believes that Iran should and must move into compliance with the view and the recommendations and the requirements of the IAEA board. “Everybody wants to find a way to achieve that. It may be that sanctions have to be applied. “No-one wants to apply sanctions if it is not necessary but what everyone wants is to get Iran to recognize that the international community is serious in its insistence.”The German foreign minister was also at the late-night meeting. Frank-Walter Steinmeier said several questions still needed to be resolved. Meanwhile, the Iranian leader’s latest move in the nuclear crisis was headline news in the Tehran press today. A letter sent by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to US President George W. Bush argues generally that globally-shared religious values should govern political life. But it makes no proposals for resolving the West’s concerns over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions.
Leading powers fail to agree on Iran