Western nations tried to portray Saturday's meeting between the US, UK, France, Germany, China, and Russia as positive, with a senior European Union official saying there was 'consensus' to focus on the 'second track' - meaning sanctions.
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In an expected move, China resisted sanctions, highlighting the key role that the country, with its United Nations Security Council veto power, is able to play in the international relationship with Iran.
The six parties did agree that Iran’s response to a proposed plan to change and increase monitoring of its nuclear development was unsatisfactory, and that the nations should now begin considering the “second track,” meaning sanctions, reports The New York Times. But China did not back down from its position that sanctions are not yet needed.