U.N. council to vote on Iran, but no new sanctions
(Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council was set to agree a resolution on Saturday that again orders Iran to halt nuclear enrichment work but imposes none of the new sanctions Washington and its allies want.
The draft was approved on Friday by the five permanent Security Council members -- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States -- and Germany on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly and later circulated to the full council.
Diplomats said they expected the 15-nation council would unanimously approve the text, which was amended to satisfy Indonesia, the only council member that did not vote for the last Iran sanctions resolution passed in March.
The council was to reconvene at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) to vote.
The 18-line resolution calls on Iran to "comply fully and without delay" with previous council resolutions, which demand it halt enrichment, but also "reaffirms its commitment ... to an early negotiated solution to the Iranian nuclear issue".
It also urges Iran to meet the requirements of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, which is investigating whether Iran had conducted research on an actual atomic weapon. The agency reported earlier this month Iran was not cooperating but Tehran says it is.
Iran, which insists its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and will only be used to generate electricity, dismissed the resolution.
"These (resolutions) are not constructive," Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, told Iranian television.