According to the LA Times, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Senate committee that U.S. officials have reached an agreement with U.N. Security Council members China, Russia, Britain and France for a draft sanctions resolution that will be sent to the full council later today.
The announcement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came after Iran offered a diplomatic proposal that many Western leaders view as an attempt to deflect the new round of economic strictures.
Clinton said that though the United States acknowledges the efforts of Brazil and Turkey to assist with the new Iranian offer, “we are proceeding to rally the international community on behalf of a strong sanctions resolution that will in our view send an unmistakable message about what is expected from Iran,” Clinton said.
She said the Iranian proposal, under which Tehran would temporarily shift about half of its low-enriched uranium abroad, leaves “a number of unanswered questions.” Clinton emphasized that China and Russia, who have been long resistant to sanctions, had agreed on the new proposal. Many world powers believe that Iran has been secretly working to acquire bomb making know-how. Iran insists that its goal is entirely peaceful. What do you think?