Iran to reject U.N. proposal, radio says

July 29, 2006 at 1:45 PM
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TEHRAN, July 29 (UPI) -- Iran plans to reject a proposed U.N. resolution that would give it about a month to suspend uranium enrichment, Iranian state radio said Saturday.

Calling the draft resolution "unfair," the commentary said the "ultimatum and deadline cannot be acceptable to us."

The resolution was circulated to all 15 members of the U.N. Security Council on Friday and could be voted on as early as Monday, the BBC reported.

The draft, which does not mention sanctions, was negotiated over the past two weeks by the five permanent council members -- the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia -- along with Germany, the report said.

John R. Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the United States would seek to impose sanctions if Iran did not accept the offer.

But Russian envoy Vitaly Churkin noted the text did not threaten sanctions, the BBC said.

"To describe this resolution as a sanctions resolution is clearly misleading everybody about the purpose and the content of this resolution," he said.

The United States and some other countries accuse Iran of using its nuclear program to make weapons. Tehran maintains the program is simply to generate electricity.

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