AFP: The United States hopes for a UN Security Council vote on a new Iran sanctions resolution by June 21, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States hopes for a UN Security Council vote on a new Iran sanctions resolution by June 21, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said Wednesday.
“The president (Barack Obama) said he’d like to see this done by the end of spring. Is that june 20 or 21?” Crowley asked before a reporter replied June 21. “So sometime between now and then.”
Crowley was clarifying comments about a sanctions timeline that he had made earlier in the same briefing.
He said a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, “underscores” how Iran still fails to comply with its international obligations over its disputed atomic program.
“We are going to put forward this resolution in the coming days, and we expect all responsible members of the international community…to support the resolution,” Crowley told reporters.
When asked if he meant put forward for a vote, he replied: “The president has indicated he wants to see this accomplished by the end of spring, we see that date on the horizon and we expect to meet that objective.”
A senior State Department official later told reporter on the condition of anonymity that “sometime between now and June 20 I expect that this issue will come to a vote before the Security Council.”