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Yippee: UN Approves New Iran Sanctions

From a conflicted Associated Press:

UN approves new sanctions against Iran


June 9, 2010

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday approved new sanctions against Iran over its suspect nuclear program that target Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, ballistic missiles and nuclear-related investments.

The resolution imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran was approved by a vote of 12-2 with Lebanon abstaining and Brazil and Turkey voting "no."

See what a dependable ally NATO member Turkey has turned out to be?

Turkey and Brazil, both non-permanent council members, brokered a fuel-swap agreement with Iran which they hoped would address concerns Tehran may be enriching uranium for nuclear weapons and avoid new sanctions.

Brazil’s U.N. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti said sanctions would lead to "suffering" by the Iranian people, delay dialogue on the country’s nuclear program, and run contrary to Brazil and Turkey’s efforts to engage Tehran

The new resolution bans Iran from pursuing "any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons," bars Iranian investment in activities such as uranium mining, and prohibits Iran from buying several categories of heavy weapons including attack helicopters and missiles.

It imposes new sanctions on 40 Iranian companies and organizations — 15 linked to Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, 22 involved in nuclear or ballistic missile activities and three linked to the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines. That more than doubles the 35 entities now subject to an asset freeze.

The resolution also adds one individual to the previous list of 40 Iranians subject to an asset freeze — Javad Rahiqi who heads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran’s Esfahan Nuclear Technology Center. Under its provisions, all 41 individuals are now also subject to a travel ban.

The resolution also calls on all countries to cooperate in cargo inspections — which must receive the consent of the ship’s flag state — if there are "reasonable grounds" to believe the cargo could contribute to Iranian nuclear program.

You know, like the Israelis are doing off of the Gaza Strip.

On the financial side, it calls on — but does not require — countries to block financial transactions, including insurance and reinsurance, and to ban the licensing of Iranian banks if they have information that provides "reasonable grounds" to believe these activities could contribute to Iranian nuclear activities…

The five permanent council members, in a statement after the vote, stressed that the resolution "keeps the door open for early engagement" with Iran. It welcomed and commended "all diplomatic efforts, especially those by Brazil and Turkey." ..

The reply to which we have via Iran’s Press TV:

‘UN resolution counts for nothing’

Wed, 09 Jun 2010

The adoption of a new sanctions resolution against Iran at the UN Security Council has sparked a strong reaction from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

"For the Iranian nation, such resolutions count for nothing", President Ahmadinejad was quoted by ISNA as saying.

He said those who are in possession of A-bombs themselves and use their nukes to threaten other nations are issuing sanctions resolutions against Iran one after the other under the pretext that Tehran might develop nuclear weapons in the future.

"They are not able to deal a blow to the Iranian nation", said the Iranian president who is currently in Tajikistan.

"The realm of politics has become one of deception, aggression and expansionism", added President Ahmadinejad.

And, alas, Mr. Ahmadinejad is correct.

These sanctions will count for nothing.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 9th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Yippee: UN Approves New Iran Sanctions”

  1. proreason says:

    Soft Power.

    As he told us, our emperor doesn’t need experienced diplomats. He already is an expert in foreign affairs. He grew up in Indonesia, after all, and majored in international relations at Columbia. And even though he can’t reveal his grades there, or anywhere else, he certainly was the premier student at Columbia. Just like he has been the premier human whereever he has been in his illustrious life.

  2. Right of the People says:

    The United Nations, what a waste of oxygen.

    But Pro, don’t you know that issuing grades can lower someone’s self esteem, especially if they aren’t good grades?

    Where is your humanity and compassion man?

    Our boy Barry was just ahead of his time. He knows that grades were just arbitrary and meaningless to a truly great one like himself so he that’s why he shields them. He wouldn’t want others to feel inferior and have low self esteem if they were to gaze upon his scholastic achievements. (gag)

  3. heykev says:

    If only our Dear Leader would do something like a Naval Blockade to starve them from getting gasoline. It does not matter if, according to Ahmadinejad’s own statements (and his eschatological beliefs), he wants to do all he can to hasten the Moose Limb version of Armageddon. Our Dear Leader knows best and what’s best for us. Just ask the NYT, et el

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    Speaking of which – here my all time favorite clip. This says it all!


  5. bobbys says:

    Although not many know of this Prez Obama was ready to shut off feeds of Sponge Bob, Rug Rats and Hannah Montana to Iran but was overturned by the UN as being to tough!!

  6. Mithrandir says:

    Threats made by the U.N.+ Hillary Clinton + Obama = ZERO!

    They have a right to laugh in the face of the world. That is the freedom you can have when you are NOT addicted to the carrot and stick of foreign aid, or the need to run for office based on economic trading etc.

    That is why the U.S. wants DEMOCRACY, trading, open borders, and foreign aid to Iran, so they can develop strings to control the puppet. Once you threaten to end trading, you screw up their economy, and the voters kick out whomever is in charge.

    In Iran, none of that happens.

  7. canary says:

    51 days and Obama still hasn’t spoken to the BP CEO. Obama doesn’t want to hear anything that he will be liable to acknowledge. Warren Buffet & those billions are too important. Obama is looking forward to next election donations.

  8. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “The resolution also calls on all countries to cooperate in cargo inspections — which must receive the consent of the ship’s flag state”

    If only the Israelis had thought to ask nicely before boarding the Iranian Hezbolla Gaza Freedom Flotilla they wouldn’t have caused such a stir. Manners count in these types of situations after all you know!

  9. David says:

    Open question for you all: Have UN sanctions ever worked in fundamentally changing a nation or leader? Is there even one positive example.

    • heykev says:

      Question 1: No
      Question 2: Nope

      Plenty of negative examples for both. Could be here all day typing up those.

    • proreason says:

      The answer of course is no, but that understates the case.

      The UN isn’t just useless. It’s dangerous.

      It’s like forming a club to do good works, and then letting convicted criminals control the club.

  10. Rusty Shackleford says:

    However, the UN votes are very good barometers for gaining perspective. But that’s about it.

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