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U.N. penalizes Iran

Iran dismisses the new sanctions leveled over its nuclear program.

Associated Press
Published March 4, 2008


UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council imposed new sanctions on Iran on Monday for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment, but Iran vowed to continue its nuclear program.

The resolution authorized a third set of sanctions targeting individuals, companies and equipment that could be used in Iran's nuclear program. It was adopted on a vote of 14-0, with Indonesia abstaining.

Two previous sanctions resolution were adopted unanimously, but diplomats said this vote still sent a strong message to the Tehran government that there is global concern that Iran is trying to produce nuclear weapons. Iran insists the program is aimed only at generating power.

The council imposed limited sanctions in December 2006 and has been ratcheting them up in hopes of pressuring Iran to suspend enrichment and start negotiations on its nuclear program.

Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazee said just before Monday's vote that his government would not comply with what he called "unlawful action" against Iran's "peaceful nuclear program."

For the first time, the council banned trade with Iran in goods that have both civilian and military uses, and authorized inspection of cargo suspected of containing banned items on planes and ships owned or operated by Iran Air Cargo and Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line.

The resolution introduces financial monitoring of two banks with purported links to suspect Iranian nuclear activities, Bank Melli and Bank Saderat. It also orders countries to freeze the assets of 12 additional companies and 13 individuals with links to Iran's nuclear or ballistic missile programs. It imposes a travel ban on five individuals.

[Last modified March 3, 2008, 23:32:17]

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