UN Security Council Reaffirsms Iran Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council unanimously approved a new resolution reaffirming previous sanctions on Iran because of its failure to halt its uranium enrichment program. The resolution passed due to an American and Russian agreement not to impose new sanctions but to rely on past ons. US Ambassador Zalmay Khalizad warned, “It is unacceptable for Iran to defy the Security Council resolution.” Even several countries that had abstained on previous sanction votes went along with the latest one. Indonesian UN Ambassador mary Natalegawa, said, “once a resolution is adopted by the Security Council, it is incumbent upon member states to comply with it.”

Lost in passage of the resolution is that Russia supported the measure despite Bush claims it was refusing to cooperate with the world on dealing with Iran and nuclear weapons. The Russians do not wish an atomic bomb armed Iran.