Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Developing News: UN just approved strict sanctions against Iran.

News: UN just approved new stricter rounds of sanctions against nuclear
ambitious Iran.


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UNITED NATIONS, June 9 -- A divided U.N. Security Council on Wednesday
imposed a fourth round of financial and commercial sanctions on Iran's military establishment, bringing to a close more
than six months of diplomatic efforts by the Obama administration to
penalize Tehran for building a covert nuclear facility and accelerating
its enrichment of uranium.

The 15-member council adopted its fourth sanctions resolution on Iran in four years by a vote of
12-2. Brazil and Turkey voted against the resolution, citing
concerns that the council had not exhausted diplomatic efforts to
resolve its standoff with Iran. Lebanon abstained.

The Obama administration succeeded in securing support for sanctions
from the council's major powers, including China and Russia, by ensuring that the measure would not impair
their ability to trade with Iran. But the four-year-long campaign faced
new challenges from regional powerhouses Brazil and Turkey, which have
used the Iran crisis to assert their role on the diplomatic stage.

The 10-page resolution would modestly reinforce a range of economic,
high-technology and military sanctions against Iran and target the head
of the of Iranian atomic energy agency, Javad Rahiqi, and 40 entities
linked to the nation's military elite, including the Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps, with a travel ban and an asset freeze. Iran
has repeatedly rebuffed calls to halt its uranium-enrichment program;
Iranian leaders say their efforts are entirely peaceful, but the United
States and others say Iran is set on building a bomb.

The resolution falls short of the "crippling sanctions" U.S. Secretary
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged to impose on Iran a year ago.
But U.S. officials hailed today's vote as a show of international
resolve in the face of Iran's continued defiance of Security Council
resolutions demanding it suspend its uranium-enrichment program and
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