Washington (CNN) - The United States, Russia, China and other key nations have reached agreement on a "strong" Iran sanctions resolution, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday.
Speaking before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton said the United States has been "working closely" with its international partners - the so-called P5 plus 1 - on a resolution to present to the United Nations' Security Council.
She said they forged "a strong draft with the cooperation of Russia and China," the two countries that have been reluctant to impose strong sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program.
"We plan to circulate the draft resolution to the entire Security Council today," said Clinton, who made the remarks before she began testifying about START, the U.S.-Russian treaty on nuclear arms.
The P5 plus 1 includes the five permanent member of the Security Council - the United States, China, Russia, France, and Britain - as well as Germany.
The group has been concerned that Iran intends to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has denied that claim, saying it wants to develop nuclear power for peaceful purposes.
Clinton noted an Iranian offer to send low-enriched uranium to Turkey in exchange for highly enriched uranium, but said it would not stop U.S. efforts to impose sanctions.
"We acknowledge the sincere efforts of both Turkey and Brazil to find a solution regarding Iran's standoff with the international community over its nuclear program," Clinton told Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, citing the two countries that brokered the deal.
But, she said, the P5 plus 1 "are proceeding to rally the international community on behalf of a strong sanctions resolution that will, in our view, send an unmistakable message about what is expected from Iran."
Hillary should have just been PREZ..2012 Go HIllary GO
OH BOY, Iran is scared now, yup, just wait untill Odumbo starts talking about them. BOY O BOY Iran will be shaking in their shoes (if they have shoes) Odumbo could threaten to send Jack Bauer over there, his show is almost done and he needs someone to beat up on.
Talk is cheap and so is this administrations actions and retoric.
Two cruise missles and problem solved.
The two dimwits, Obambi and Hillcelery, are running the US foreign policy (at least on paper); we're in good hands, so God save us.
Do those sanctions include starving the innocent people of Iran Hillary?
What is that going to accomplish? We've tried that before.
I know the pro war right wingnuts are going to be upset because the sanctions do not include bombing Iran. But, wouldn't it be something if this would prove that you can be successful diplomatically, without going to war, since we cannot afford another one like Bush's Folly in Iraq?
How laughable is this out of touch boob and the idiot she works for. What complete idiots. I hope this country can survive two more years of this incompetence. It will take us decades to recover from the amateur mistakes the make and the total stupidity of this administration. Of course, it will take some strong leader who will never win the Nobel Peace Prize.
with the cooperation of Russia and China," the two countries that have been reluctant to impose strong sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program
Madame Secretary of State, you're doing a phenomenal job! Thank you. The fact that you obtained 'buy-in' from these two countries speaks volumes about your powers of persuasion and knowledge.
I shudder to think what pretty girl Palin would've caused by now, probably WWIII. You betcha'.
What a JOKE!
I have never seen America as weak as this administration has made us look.
How could you even tolerate this status for your country Hillary?
The picture that came out yesterday with Brazil, Iran and Turkey was very telling and spoke of one thing and one thing only the demise of United State foreign policy.
Your unrealistic approach to the tyrants of the world caused this Democrats.
This is what happens when you Appease your enemies.
Thank you CNN – you have lots of stories about smart women in politics today (republican and democrat) AND no mention of the dingbat. Whew, what a breath of fresh air!
I have a bumper sticker on my vehicle and it has a picture of Ronald Reagan and it says "Remember when America had a "REAL" President". That bumper sticker says it all.
Rock on Hillary Clinton!
That is the way to go! Thoughtful, intelligent, in cooperation with others! What a nice change from the Bush administration! Thank you, Hillary, for your great work!
Give it up Hillary. We supporters of yours don't listen to you anyomore. Especially since you works in the MUSLIM's camp.
Iran needs to be held accountable. Where is the openness needed for a peaceful nuclear fission power system? It isn't anywhere because of the plan for nuclear fission bombs.
Um, Mike, taxes were higher under your idol Reagan.
Oh, one more thing, Mike. Ronald Reagan would LOVE the START treaty.
@awaiting- we survived the 8 years of "W", the most incompetent lying president in our history. With Bush and his culture of corruption and attacks on the constitution, we barely survived, but we made it. I think we will be able to survive the next 6 years of the competence of the Obama administration.