New York (CNN) — The United States, Russia, China and other
key nations have reached agreement on a “strong” Iran sanctions
resolution, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.
before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton said the United
States has been “working closely” with its international partners — the
so-called P5 plus 1 — on a resolution to present to the United
Nations’ Security Council.
She said they forged “a strong draft
with the cooperation of Russia and China,” the two countries that have
been reluctant to impose strong sanctions on Iran for its nuclear
“We plan to circulate the draft resolution to the entire
Security Council today,” said Clinton, who made the remarks before she
began testifying about START, the U.S.-Russian treaty on nuclear arms.
The P5 plus 1 includes the five permanent members of the Security
Council — the United States, China, Russia, France, and Britain — as
well as Germany.
The group has been concerned that Iran intends
to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied that claim, saying it wants
to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes.