Iran Not Receptive to Revised Nuclear Proposal

By Peter Crail

The United States indicated that it intends to pursue additional UN sanctions against Iran after Tehran did not accept a June proposal for negotiations regarding its nuclear program. Plans for a fourth Security Council sanctions resolution may not be forthcoming, however, as Russia appears to be focused on continuing the six countries' negotiating track with Iran rather than seeking further punitive measures. Moreover, deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West following the Russian conflict with Georgia in August might strain efforts to reach agreement on an approach toward Iran.

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