Iran sanctions vote scheduled for Wednesday

New U.N. restrictions are called for in response to the country's nuclear program

Published June 8, 2010 5:55PM (EDT)

The United States and its allies have called for a vote Wednesday on a resolution that would impose new U.N. sanctions on Iran and its powerful Revolutionary Guard over its suspect nuclear program.

Mexico's U.N. Ambassador Claude Heller, the current council president, told reporters that the Security Council vote would take place at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) on Wednesday.

Heller also announced that the Security Council would hold a private meeting Tuesday afternoon on Iran, which will partially meet the concerns of Brazil and Turkey who had called for an open "political debate" on the broader Iranian nuclear issue first.

By Associated Press

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