The United States and European
Union have agreed to step up pressure on Iran with the objective to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
Hillary reiterated Obama administration`s view that it was open to diplomacy.
Merkel said the sanctions could be passed by the UNSC "in the near future”.
Newly-appointed British Foreign Secretary has criticised Iran`s nuclear programme ahead of his first visit to the US.
The new set of sanctions against Iran by the UNSC is expected to be in place by the end of this spring, the White House has said.
President Hu Jintao will hold parleys with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit to iron out various growing differences.
China is ready for "serious" talks at the United Nations on Iran`s nuclear program, the United States said, as it sought support for sanctions against Tehran.
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