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(VOA) - U.N. diplomats say six world powers have made major progress on a resolution that would impose more sanctions on Iran for its controversial nuclear program.
The diplomats spoke after a meeting Monday in New York of representatives from Germany and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members: the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.
Britain's U.N. envoy, Emyr Jones Parry, said the six powers hoped to report Tuesday on their progress to the Security Council.
Acting U.S. Ambassador Alejandro Wolff said the goal is to vote on the resolution by the end of the week.
Late last year, the U.N. Security Council imposed limited sanctions on Iran and issued a 60-day deadline for Tehran to stop producing enriched uranium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons. Iran ignored the resolution.
In Washington, Israel's foreign minister said Arab and Gulf states, like Israel, cannot afford a nuclear Iran. Tzipi Livni called for tougher U.N. sanctions on Tehran for its atomic program.
Meanwhile, the state-run Russian company building Iran's Bushehr nuclear power station said its launch date has been postponed because of Iran's payment delays. Officials at Atomstroiexport said nuclear fuel will not be delivered this month as agreed earlier.
Russia has accused Iran of missing payments on the reactor. Iran has denied the claim.
The United States and its Western allies suspect Iran is working to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.