Diplomats meeting on Iran sanctions in Rome

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2011 5:41 AM
Diplomats meeting on Iran sanctions in Rome

Italy is hosting a meeting of the United States and its allies to discuss sanctions against Iran in a bid to halt its alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons.

The Italian Foreign Ministry said officials of "like-minded countries" are meeting Tuesday in Rome but did not give details.

Diplomats say the group includes the United States and EU nations, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Korea and possibly a Gulf country.

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The Wall Street Journal reports, citing unnamed U.S., European and Arab diplomats, that Iran's oil exports and global energy prices are key issues on the table.