Nations Weigh New Iran Sanctions

WASHINGTON — The State Department says six nations have agreed to consider new U.N. sanctions against Iran.

The decision was made in a conference call after Iran failed to accept incentives offered in hopes of defusing the dispute over its nuclear program.

According to a State Department spokesman, there was consensus that Iran’s latest reply to the offer was “very disappointing” and “a stalling tactic.”

The spokesman says the six nations that offered the incentives “are discussing next steps in the U.N. Security Council and beginning to consider the possible outlines of another resolution.”

The conference call included senior diplomats from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana (hah-vee-EHR’ soh-LAHN’-ah).

The council has already passed three sanctions resolutions against Iran.