NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Washington and its allies sent low-level envoys to a dinner hosted by the Iranian foreign minister during a U.N. nuclear summit, officials said.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said U.N. Security Council members were invited to a dinner amid the threat of new sanctions against Tehran.
Washington is pushing for new sanctions at the U.N. Security Council to punish Iran for its controversial nuclear program.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency reports that Washington sent deputy U.N. representative Alejandro Daniel Wolff to the dinner.
Mottaki highlighted the Iranian position regarding its nuclear program during the formal dinner at the New York residence of the Iranian envoy to the United Nations, IRNA added.
Mottaki is in New York to attend the semiannual review conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty at the U.N. headquarters.
Iran took center stage at the meeting, with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad using his Monday address before the United Nations to describe nuclear weapons as "hazardous."
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his Monday address, singled out Iran, saying the leadership needed to cooperate fully with international inspectors.
"Let me be clear: The onus is on Iran to clarify the doubts and concerns of its program," he said.