A draft sanctions resolution against Iran has been put before the UN Security Council for consideration. Delegates are due to vote on the issue by the end of the week. Western powers have rounded on Iran over its nuclear enrichment programme. Tehran insists it it is developing the technology solely for domestic power generation.
The plans have stoked fears in the international community that the country is building atomic weapons. During the course of the debate, Russia has been reluctant to agree punishing sanctions. Now it seems the other permanent members of the Security Council have backed down over two key issues.
At Moscow’s request, no mention is made in the draft of a light-water reactor plant being built in southern Iran with Russian help. Also the terms of a proposed travel ban on key individuals involved in nuclear research appear to have been relaxed, with states being called on instead to “exercise vigilance” and monitor movements.