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March 10, 2006
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The five veto-holders on the U.N. Security Council began discussing Iran and its nuclear program. Representatives from Russia, Britain, France, the United States and China started meetings Wednesday night. The full 15-member council probably will meet early next week to consider recommendations from the five. The Security Council may impose sanctions on Iran, but probably will start off with a non-binding letter condemning Iran for its failure to cooperate with nuclear inspectors and for concealing aspects of its nuclear program. The United States is pressing for a tough statement. “The challenge of Iran has become more acute,” Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, said Thursday in congressional testimony. “It has become clear that while the international community is becoming ever more unified around the proposition that Iran must not be allowed to get nuclear weapons, the Iranians have become ever more defiant.”

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