VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The United States and fellow permanent U.N. Security Council members have told Iran they will hold off on new sanctions if it stops expanding its uranium enrichment activities as they seek to restart talks over Tehran's nuclear program, diplomats said Friday.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Friday his government's decision to ration petrol in oil-rich Iran after the move sparked violent protests.
Representatives of India, Iran and Pakistan are set to meet for a second day here amid reports they were getting closer to a deal on a multi-billion dollar pipeline to transport gas from energy-rich Iran through Pakistan.
World powers are debating the idea of offering Iran a pause in seeking further sanctions over its nuclear program if Tehran stops expanding uranium enrichment, a senior diplomat said.
The U.S. and its allies are reviewing a proposal that would commit the U.N. Security Council to hold off on new sanctions on Iran if the country stops further development of its uranium enrichment program, diplomats said Friday.
India, Pakistan and Iran are close to signing an agreement on transporting natural gas from Iran to the two South Asian countries via a land pipeline by 2011, Indian officials said Friday.
The U.S. and its allies are awaiting an Iranian response to a proposal that would commit the U.N. Security Council to hold off on new sanctions on Iran if Tehran stops further development of its uranium enrichment program.
A once-powerful cyclone headed into Iran in a weakened state Friday after battering Pakistan's coastal area.
A controversial $7bn gas pipeline extending from Iran to Pakistan and India was on track for completion by 2011, said officials as the latest round of talks concluded yesterday in New Delhi.
India and Pakistan have made progress in their attempts to agree a transportation tariff for gas to be pumped via a $7bn pipeline from Iran, according to agency reports.