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U.N. resolution on Iran revised for Russia and China

December 09, 2006|From the Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — In a fresh bid to win Russian and Chinese support, key European nations circulated a revised U.N. resolution Friday narrowing sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and urging negotiations to resolve the standoff over its nuclear plans.

The new draft still would ban the supply of materials and technology that could contribute to Iran's nuclear and missile programs, but it spells out in greater detail what items are prohibited. Russia and China had complained that the sanctions in the original draft were too broad.

The new draft keeps a travel ban and asset freeze on groups, companies and individuals involved in Iran's nuclear and missile programs, which Russia opposes. It also has limits on tech- nical assistance by the International Atomic Energy Agency and urges countries to prevent Iranian students from studying nuclear-related disciplines.

Ambassadors were expected to discuss the new draft early next week, possibly Monday.

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