A meeting of world powers on further sanctions against Iran has been cancelled due to opposition from Russia, said US and Russian officials Tuesday, even as Iran's Ahmadinejad said they would continue nuclear enrichment in a UN speech.
NEW YORK/MOSCOW - Foreign ministers from major powers will not meet as planned this week in
"There is not going to be a ... meeting," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.
"We see no 'fire alarm' which would require us to put off other things in the extremely busy week of the U.N. General Assembly and meet in emergency (session) on the Iranian nuclear problem," Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said.
Nesterenko, whose comments were posted on the ministry's Web site (www.mid.ru), did not specify whether that meant Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov would not now take part in a ministerial meeting of the six powers, planned for Thursday on the sidelines of the General Assembly.
McCormack confirmed later the meeting was off but said he did not know which side had notified the other first of the decision.
Five permanent U.N. Security Council members -- the
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said last week new sanctions were "untimely."
A meeting of senior officials from the six major powers held last Friday in
Russian resistance follows a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last week in which she said the world must stand up to intensified Russian aggression.
Rice is set to meet Lavrov in
"We would really want
"If they want to punish
Date created : 2008-09-24