UN imposes new sanctions on Iran
THE UN Security Council imposed a third round of sanctions on Iran yesterday for refusing to suspend sensitive nuclear activities.
There were 14 votes in favour, none against and Indonesia abstained. Previous sanctions resolutions were adopted in December 2006 and March 2007.
The resolution calls for more travel and financial restrictions on individuals and firms and makes some restrictions mandatory.
Diplomats describe it as a moderate tightening of the screws. They said this was the m o s t Wa s h i n g t o n c o u l d achieve after a US intelligence report in December said Iran had scrapped its atom bomb programme in 2003.
Tehran denies it seeks nuclear weapons and has ignored three Security Council resolutions demanding it freeze its uranium enrichment programme, which can produce fuel for atomic weapons.
Iran dismissed all the sanctions resolutions as illegal.
In a statement on behalf of the five permanent members and Germany, British Ambassador John Sawers said the group wanted EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana to meet Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili to try to reopen negotiations and resolve the nuclear impasse.–Reuters