U.S. and Britain seek quick vote on Iran sanctions
By Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
2:19 PM PDT, March 23, 2007
UNITED NATIONS -- The United States and Britain said today they are pushing for a Security Council vote Saturday to impose further sanctions on Iran, choosing not to work for unanimous council support or to wait for the Islamic Republic's president to make his case in person.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not be able to attend the vote as planned because the flight crews' visas arrived too late for them to fly the Iranian leader to New York by the scheduled vote, said the Iran mission spokesman, Mohammad Mir Ali Mohammadi.