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US: P5+1 to discuss Iran sections soon

The United States has said that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) are scheduled to talk on imposing sanctions on Iran in a few days’ time.

The talks are aimed resolving the differences with China, which is favors dialogue with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program, AFP reported.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said on Tuesday night that Washington has communicated “very forcefully to China that this is an issue… that’s important to them, just as much as it’s important to us and to others in the region.”

“We do not have the same view of the urgency of the situation. We probably do not, at this point, have the same view regarding the … steps that we think are … necessary at this particular time,” he went on to say.

“But that’s why we’re having this ongoing engagement, as we did in New York recently, as we will in the upcoming days, you know, when our P5-plus-1 political directors have a chance to consult again,” he further explained.

According to a senior State Department official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the six powers envoys would consult in a few days either directly or in a conference call.

“We expect to get together in some form in the next week or so,” the US official said.

He also pointed out that it was “expected” that the political directors would consult, without confirming whether China’s political director would be available.

On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu declared that there was still room for negotiation to resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.

The P5+1 met in New York on January 16 but failed to reach a decision on further sanctions against Iran.

Washington and its allies accuse Tehran of pursuing a military nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), however, has repeatedly said that it has found no evidence supporting the allegation.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, confirming the non-diversion of nuclear material in country’s functional and under-construction plants.

Iran also denies the allegation, saying that it needs nuclear energy to produce electricity to meet the country’s growing demand.

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