( dpa )- The five UN Security Council permanent members met Thursday for preliminary discussions of a draft resolution to impose further sanctions on Iran in the protracted dispute over its nuclear programme , diplomats said.
Envoys from the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China met at UN headquarters just two days after their foreign ministers and the German foreign minister met in Berlin to devise new pressure on Tehran to abandon its nuclear activities.
The six nations agreed in Berlin on a set of "elements," which the five permanent members with veto power in New York plan to put into a new resolution, diplomats said. The five permanent members will meet with the 10 elected council members to explain the new development.
The council last year imposed unanimously an embargo on sales of weapons, aircraft, warships and missiles to Iran and prohibited Iran from exporting and transferring weapons and related material to other countries. The sanctions had not stopped Iran's programme to enrich uranium, which the United States and other western nations said would allow Iran to manufacture nuclear weapons.