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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.

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(l.-r.) Canada's Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon listens to a question with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Britain's Foreign Secretary David Miliband and Japan's Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada during the G8 foreign ministers' meeting in Canada, Tuesday. Leaders at the G8 came closer to agreeing on Iran nuclear sanctions.

Chris Wattie/Reuters

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Foreign ministers at the G8 meeting in Canada on Tuesday focused on Iran nuclear ambitions and the actions of two capitals very far away.

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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