Acting US Ambassador to the United Nations Alejandro Wolff speaks during a UN Security Council meeting on broader sanctions against Iran at the United Nations in New York. The UN Security Council Saturday slapped new sanctions on Iran to pressure Tehran into suspending its sensitive nuclear program which some powers fear masks a bid to develop atomic weapons.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted Saturday to impose new sanctions against
Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium â€” a move intended to show Tehran that defiance will leave it increasingly isolated.
The moderately tougher sanctions include banning Iranian arms exports, and freezing the assets of 28 people and organizations involved in Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.
About a third of those are linked to the Revolutionary Guard, an elite military corps.
“This resolution sends an unambiguous signal to the government and people of Iran … that the path of nuclear proliferation by Iran is not one that the international community can accept,” said British Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry.
In December, the 15-member Security Council ordered all countries to stop supplying Iran with materials and technology that could contribute to its nuclear and missile programs. It also ordered a freeze on assets of 10 key Iranian companies and 12 individuals related to those programs.
Iran has vowed the sanctions will only motivate it further to pursue nuclear power, a message Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was expected to deliver to the Security Council. Mottaki made the trip instead of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who claimed he canceled his appearance because the U.S. failed to deliver his visa in time. The U.S. said it had issued the visa promptly.
More FECKLESS United Nations sanctions.
Soon Iran and President Ahmadinejad will be bloviating about Iran’s nuclear rights.
When Israel and the United States have had enough of the diplomacy and as uranium enrichment continues, a military strike will be initiated to destroy Iran’s nuclear facilities.
A protestor stands outside the United Nations (UN) headquarters on 21 March, calling for a democratic and nuclear-free Iran.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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