Diplomats Discussing Iran Sanctions In Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomats from the United States and five other countries are meeting in Washington to discuss a draft resolution for sanctions against Iran.

U.S. State Department spokesman Tom Casey said Monday that the United States also plans to raise what further steps could be taken in response to Iran’s refusal to stop uranium enrichment.

Casey said, “It will be a good opportunity to take stock and talk about what might occur in the future.”

The United States is pressing for the United Nations Security Council to begin debating the draft resolution this week.

The proposed sanctions package agreed to by the five permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany slightly expands and strengthens previous penalties but is weaker than the United States had wanted.