The United States has warned that Iran is more likely than ever to be referred to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions over its nuclear program.
A State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack said Wednesday that U.S. officials have been meeting with European allies to discuss Iran, which restarted nuclear fuel research this week. He said a decision on how to respond is expected soon.
Earlier, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said now is the time to consider referring Iran to the United Nations. Officials from Britain, France and Germany are to meet Thursday to discuss possible sanctions.
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said Wednesday threats will not make Iran abandon its nuclear program.
U.S. and European officials accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons -- a charge Iran denies.