A draft related to the proposed sanctions was distributed to the members of the UN Security Council in New York on May 18.
On this draft the US Secretary of State said, "We have been working closely with our P5 + 1 partners for several weeks on the draft of a new sanctions resolution on Iran. Today, I am pleased to announce that we have reached agreement on a strong draft with strong cooperation from both Russia and China. We plan to circulate that draft to the entire Security Council today,".
"The P5 + 1 including Russia, China, US, France, the UK and Germany along with the high representative of the EU are proceeding to rally the international community on behalf of a strong sanctions resolutions that will, in our view would send, a message about what is expected of Iran," she added
Meanwhile Iran on Monday May 17, signed an agreement with Turkey and Brazil - both non-permanent UN Security Council members -- to ship 1,200 kilogrammes of its low enriched uranium to Turkey for a later swap for nuclear reactor fuel.
The US acknowledged the efforts of Brazil and Turkey on reaching a nuclear swapping deal with Iran, but questioned the real Iranian intentions in this regard.
However White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs expressed concerns over the words and actions of the leadership in Iran and said United States and the international community still has concerns about the overall thrust of the nuclear programme in Iran.