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U.N. council vote on Iran sanctions set for tomorrow, diplomats declare

U.N. council vote on Iran sanctions set for tomorrow, diplomats declare

France and Britain have again delayed a U.N. Security Council vote on a third round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program in an effort to win over skeptics, diplomats said on Friday.
A U.N. spokeswoman said the Security Council would meet to discuss Iran at 11 a.m. on Monday and diplomats said Britain and France would call a vote on a draft resolution which was finalized on Friday and provided to Reuters by a diplomat.
U.S. and British diplomats had earlier said the vote would probably be held yesterday but had left open the possibility that it could be pushed back a few days to allow time for more negotiations with four reluctant council members.
Diplomats say the European co-sponsors of the resolution are not optimistic that the third vote will have the support of all 15 council members, but they will be using the weekend to try to win over the four skeptics, which diplomats say have a variety of reservations about the resolution. They could vote against the resolution or abstain.
Diplomats said the final version included some suggestions made by Vietnam in an effort to secure a "yes" vote from Hanoi. The text had few changes but did include language stressing the key role of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
The final text also includes language dealing with South Africa's concerns about a paragraph requiring states to search air and sea vessels with dubious cargo.
British Ambassador John Sawers said on Thursday that he wanted the resolution to have "as much support as is possible." But even if there are abstentions or "no" votes, it will be legally binding once adopted, Sawers said.


Updated : 2021-04-17 20:42 GMT+08:00