David Usborne
The Independent
May 19, 2010

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Washington claimed it has reached an agreement with its allies, including China and Russia, for tough new sanctions against Tehran. Sweeping aside a putative deal announced by Brazil and Turkey on Monday, which was meant to assuage Western concerns about Iran’s nuclear activities, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, claimed that a draft sanctions package tabled to the full UN Security Council last night had the endorsement of all five of the permanent members – France, Britain, Russia, China and the US – as well as Germany.

Far from being dissipated by the declarations by the leaders of Turkey and Brazil on Monday, the drama surrounding Iran and its nuclear intentions seems only to be escalating. It remains to be seen whether Mrs Clinton can hold the coalition of six key states together. There were signs elsewhere that China may yet be harbouring doubts.

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