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UN imposes new sanctions on Iran

- UNITED NATIONS

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

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