Iran's foreign minister hosts dinner for UN envoys in New York

Iran's foreign minister has hosted a dinner for UN Security Council members amid a threat of fresh sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme.

All 15 Council members attended the event hosted by Manouchehr Mottaki in New York.

But the United States, Britain, France and Russia sent lower level diplomats instead of their senior ambassadors.

The UN envoys of six major powers have been discussing a possible sanctions resolution against Tehran.

Iran insists it has the right to develop civil nuclear power. The US suspects it is seeking atomic weapons.

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