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Iran Reacts With Anger to New UN Sanctions

The U.N. Security Council has passed Resolution 1929 imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its alleged nuclear program. The resolution was approved Wednesday with 12 countries voting for, two against and one abstention, reflecting some division among the 15-member council. Iran responded to the UN vote by threatening to reduce its ties to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to continue its uranium enrichment program.

The United Nations Security Council has adopted a fourth round of tough new sanctions aimed at halting Iran’s suspect nuclear program. The sanctions do not include major blockades, however measures against Iranian banks abroad, a cargo inspection regime and that all countries shall prevent the supply, sale or transfer to Iran of battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles or missile systems.

President Obama said “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”.

Brazil and Turkey were the two dissenters in the vote, while Lebanon abstained. They criticised the sanctions, saying they could undermine further diplomatic efforts. Under the two countries’ plan, Iran would send some of its uranium to Turkey in exchange for fuel for use in a Tehran medical research reactor.

“Sadly, this time it was Iran who wanted to negotiate, and those who didn’t want to negotiate were those who think that force resolves everything. I think that taking this decision was a mistake”, said Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva. “I think the Security Council threw out a historic opportunity to negotiate calmly on Iran’s nuclear program and also to discuss in a deeper way the deactivation in countries with nuclear bombs”.

Iran’s top leaders mixed anger with threats, following United Nations Security Council vote imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dubbed the sanctions “rubbish.” Iran’s ambassador to the the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said “No matter how many resolutions are passed, Islamic Republic of Iran will not stop its enrichment activities, which is in full accordance with its right under the statute of IAEA and Non-Proliferation Treaty”.

Parliament’s national security chief, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, vowed to “revise Iran’s relations” with the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He also called the sanctions “political, illegal and illogical.”

Aloys Evina, Continental News network

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