Imposes New Sanctions Against
Iran Over Nuclear Program
New York (VOA) — The 15-member UN Security Council voted
unanimously to impose new sanctions on Iran over its refusal
to end its uranium
freezes the assets of more than 28 Iranian individuals, companies
and institutions, including the state-owned Bank Sepah, commanders
of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and companies they control.
It also places an embargo on arms exports and calls on members
to voluntarily restrict loans and financial assistance to the
government of Iran.
calls on Iran to comply with International Atomic Energy Agency
requirements, halt its nuclear enrichment program and return
to negotiations over its nuclear program.
France, and Germany drafted the original resolution. British
Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry said the sponsors are pleased that
the Council was able to act unanimously after weeks of negotiations
to send a clear message to Iran that it must comply with its
legal obligations. "This is a legal act by the Security
Council requiring Iran to actually implement what we have said.
We, therefore, incrementally increased pressure on Iran. It
is an appropriate response, but our hope was, and our preference,
was to see a negotiated outcome. That is to say that it is
open to Iran if she accepts to suspend enrichment and research
and development, then we want to get into negotiations, we
want to find a better way forward. The choice is Iran’s but
the offer on the table includes undeniably the development
of a civil nuclear capability in Iran," the British ambassador
insists its nuclear program is for civilian purposes, not
nuclear weapons, and refuses to suspend the program as a precondition
for negotiations. Speaking though an interpreter, Iran’s Foreign
Minister, Manoucheyhr Mottaki, told the Council that suspension
is not an option or a solution. "Iran does not want confrontation
nor does it want anything other than its own inalienable rights.
I can assure you that pressure, intimidation will not change
Iranian policy. The world must know, and it does, that even
the harshest political and economic sanctions – or other threats
– are far too weak to coerce the Iranian nation to retreat
from their legal and legitimate demands," he said.
new resolution tightens a measure passed in December that
in sensitive nuclear materials and ballistic missiles and also
froze the assets of individuals and institutions associated
with atomic programs.