G8 leaders: Growing momentum for Iran nuclear sanctions
At a G8 meeting in Canada, officials said they felt growing momentum for action against Tehran. In addition to Iran nuclear sanctions, they are considering a UN Security Council resolution.
At the top of the agenda for the world's eight leading industrial nations was building consensus to impose more United Nations sanctions on Tehran – nearly 6,000 miles away from the summit venue near Ottawa – unless Iran resolves outstanding questions about possible weapons-related work.
But that would depend on decisions made by China – its leaders in Beijing some 6,500 miles away in the opposite direction, who are not in the exclusive G8 club but have veto power in the UN Security Council.
“Tehran must halt its nuclear enrichment activities and engage in peaceful dialogue,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the foreign ministers on Tuesday.
“There is much at stake,” Mr. Harper said. “If nuclear proliferation leads to the use of nuclear weapons, whether by states or non-state actors, then no matter where the bombs are set off, the catastrophe will be felt around the world.”
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