United Nations – Today was another full day of meetings with my counterparts from a number of countries, including Italy, Israel, and Libya. Meanwhile, the Secretary was meeting with the Foreign Ministers of the other permanent members of the Security Council (China, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom), plus Germany and the European Union (referred to as the P5 plus two), to talk about a third sanctions resolution on Iran. Iran continues to defy the international community in its refusal to suspend its nuclear proliferation-related activities, and all participants agreed that a third resolution must be adopted if Iran continues to fail to meet certain conditions.
The permanent five members of the Security Council, plus Germany, will work on the text of a third sanctions resolution across the coming weeks. If reports due in November from Dr. Javier Solana, who acts as the representative of the P5 plus one to the Iranian government, and from Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, show that Iran is both unwilling to agree to the terms of negotiation that have been on the table since spring of 2006 (negotiations will begin once Iran verifiably suspends its proliferation-related activities) and unwilling to completely disclose its past nuclear activities to the IAEA, then the resolution will be put to a vote in the Security Council. Briefing by Under Secretary Burns After Secretary Rice's Meeting with the P-5 Plus Germany Plus EU
I’ll be in New York through Tuesday, so look for more updates come Monday!