NEW YORK (AP) -- Six key nations have agreed to delay until November a new U.N. resolution that would toughen sanctions against Iran.
The United States, Britain and France had been pushing for new sanctions now to pressure Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, but Russia and China wanted to give Tehran more time to comply with U.N. inspectors.
A joint statement from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany said they would finalize the new resolution and bring it to a vote unless reports in November from the chief U.N. nuclear official and the European Union's foreign policy chief show "a positive outcome of their efforts."
The State Department's number-three diplomat says the statement sends "a very tough and strict message to Iran."
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