The major world powers are close to a deal tightening sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme. New measures are likely to include an arms embargo and a ban on government loans to the country. Britain’s UN ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany had made progress in recent meetings:
“Our expectation now is that the fruits of our discussion will be sorted out by our experts this evening, sent back to our capitals and we will meet again tomorrow morning to see how we take it forward. But, we will certainly be in a position tomorrow to report quite a lot of progress to the Council.”
The Security Council adopted limited sanctions against Iran last December, after it refused to suspend nuclear enrichment. The six powers have offered to waive them, if Tehran complies with demands to stop the work.
But Iran’s President refuses to do so, saying his country needs the fuel for electricity. And upping the stakes even more, Tehran has now issued a bank note with a nuclear symbol on it.
The new note, worth around four euros, contains a quote from the Prophet Mohammed saying his people will attain scientific knowledge, even if it is as far away as the stars.