UN hits Iran with new sanctions over nuclear programme
The UN Security Council has slapped broader military and financial sanctions on Iran over its suspect nuclear programme, despite opposition from Brazil and Turkey.
Published: 5:36PM BST 09 Jun 2010
UN Security Council members vote on broader military and financial sanctions on Iran Photo: AP
The vote in the 15-member council was 12 in favour, with Lebanon abstaining and Brazil and Turkey voting against.
Tehran responded saying the sanctions were an “incorrect step” and would “complicate” the situation further.
“The move towards the resolution was an incorrect step. It was neither constructive nor efficient in solving the issue. We think it will complicate the situation more,” a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said following the approval of the fourth set of sanctions.
Wednesday’s vote was delayed for more than an hour after the ambassadors of Brazil, Turkey and Lebanon, three non-permanent council members, said they had to await instructions from their governments.
The three countries finally decided to attend the meeting, but insisted on speaking before the vote to register their opposition.
“We do not see sanctions as an effective instrument in this case,” Brazil’s UN Ambassador Maria Luiza Viotti said.
The US-drafted resolution marked the fourth set of UN sanctions imposed on Iran since December 2006, as the international community has struggled in vain to curb the Islamic republic’s nuclear ambitions.
Tehran maintains that its uranium enrichment programme is for peaceful civilian purposes, while Western nations have accused Tehran of seeking to develop an atomic weapon.
“我们不支持制裁作为有效的工具在这个问题上”巴西的联合国大使Maria Luize Viotti 说。