UN approves new sanctions against Iran 

Wednesday, 09 Jun, 2010 
British Ambassador to the UN Mark Lyall Grant , Chinese Ambassador to the UN Li 
Baodong, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin and US Ambassador to the 
UN Susan Rice chat before the start of a UN Security Council meeting on Iran in 
New York City. -AFP Photo 
UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Wednesday approved new sanctions 
against Iran over its suspect nuclear program that target Iran's powerful 
Revolutionary Guard, ballistic missiles and nuclear-related investments.

The resolution imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran was approved 
by a vote of 12-2 with Lebanon abstaining and Brazil and Turkey voting ''no.''

Turkey and Brazil, both non-permanent council members, brokered a fuel-swap 
agreement with Iran which they hoped would address concerns Tehran may be 
enriching uranium for nuclear weapons and avoid new sanctions.

Brazil's UN Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti said sanctions would lead to 
''suffering'' by the Iranian people, delay dialogue on the country's nuclear 
program, and run contrary to Brazil and Turkey's efforts to engage Tehran.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called the sanctions the 
toughest ever, but the measures are still far short of crippling economic 
punishments or an embargo on oil shipments, Iran's prime money earner.

The Security Council imposed limited sanctions in December 2006 and has been 
ratcheting them up in hopes of pressuring Iran to suspend enrichment and start 
negotiations on its nuclear program. 

The first two resolutions were adopted unanimously and the third by a vote of 
14-0 with Indonesia abstaining.

Iran has repeatedly defied the demand and has stepped up its activities, 
enriching uranium to 20 percent and announcing plans to build new nuclear 
facilities. Tehran insists its program is purely peaceful, aimed at producing 
nuclear energy.

The US and its allies believe Iran's real aim is to produce nuclear weapons and 
want Iran to suspend uranium enrichment and start negotiations on it nuclear 

The new resolution bans Iran from pursuing ''any activity related to ballistic 
missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons,'' bars Iranian investment in 
activities such as uranium mining, and prohibits Iran from buying several 
categories of heavy weapons including attack helicopters and missiles.

It imposes new sanctions on 40 Iranian companies and organizations, 15 linked 
to Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, 22 involved in nuclear or ballistic 
missile activities and three linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping 
Lines. That more than doubles the 35 entities now subject to an asset freeze.


President Barack Obama said the "toughest-ever" UN nuclear sanctions against 
Iran sent an "unmistakable message" but did not close the door to diplomacy on 

"This resolution will put in place the toughest sanctions ever faced by the 
Iranian government and it sends an unmistakable message about the international 
community's commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons," he said.

Obama warned that the sanctions would not change Iran's intransigence over its 
nuclear program overnight, but he said that he hoped for the sake of the 
Iranian people that the Tehran government would change tack.

"Today's vote demonstrates the growing costs that will come with Iranian 
intransigence." Obama said at the White House shortly after the UN Security 
Council voted to endorse the new sanctions package.

But he added: "I want to be clear, these sanctions do not close the door on 
diplomacy, Iran continues to have the opportunity to take a different and 
better path."


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that the new UN sanctions imposed on 
Tehran should be "thrown in the dust bin," the ISNA news agency reported.

"Nothing will change. The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue uranium 
enrichment activities," Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's envoy to the UN nuclear 
watchdog in Vienna, told reporters shortly after the UN vote in New York.

In Tehran, a senior lawmaker said Iranian MPs would review the level of the 
Islamic Republic's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency 

"The parliament will review Iran's cooperation level with the agency as an 
extra-urgent matter," Alaeddin Boroujerdi was quoted as saying by the official 
IRNA news agency.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the UN sanctions resolution was a 
"wrong" measure.

"The resolution was a wrong move ... it was not a constructive step ... to 
resolve the nuclear issue. It will make the situation more complicated," Ramin 
Mehmanparast said. -AFP/Reuters

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