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Iran Fails To Win Over Austria In Bid To Avoid UN Sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki

Iran's push to avoid new UN sanctions appeared to make little headway today in meetings with Austria -- with Austrian officials saying the onus is on Tehran to defuse international concerns about its nuclear agenda if it wanted to avoid fresh penalties.

Austria and other nonpermanent members of the 15-nation UN Security Council are the targets of a diplomatic offensive by Tehran designed to stave off a U.S-supported push for a fourth set of Security Council sanctions over its nuclear program.

The Vienna visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki followed a trip by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to Uganda, another nonpermanent member of the Security Council.

Mottaki on April 25 also met the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, with Iranian state media reports quoting Mottaki as saying those talks would be "decisive and detailed."

compiled from agency reports