Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The U.S. turns up the heat on Iran

This from The New York Times --

The Obama administration announced Tuesday morning that it has struck a deal with other major powers, including Russia and China, to impose new sanctions on Iran, a sharp repudiation of the deal Tehran offered just a day before to ship its nuclear fuel out of the country.

"We have reached agreement on a strong draft with the cooperation of both Russia and China," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Senate committee. "We plan to circulate that draft resolution to the entire Security Council today. And let me say, Mr. Chairman, I think this announcement is as convincing an answer to the efforts undertaken in Tehran over the last few days as any we could provide."

The announcement came just a day after Iran said it would ship roughly half of its nuclear fuel to Turkey in a bid to assuage concerns about its program.

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