Iran Likens U.N. Sanctions to 'Annoying Flies'

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Byline: Edith M. Lederer Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS -- The U.S. and its allies scored a long-sought victory Wednesday by pushing through U.N. sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, punishments Tehran dismissed as "annoying flies, like a used tissue."

The sanctions target Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, ballistic missiles and nuclear-related investments. Oil exports, the lifeblood of Iran's economy, are not affected because targeting them would have cost the U.S. support from Russia and China.

President Barack Obama said the sanctions are the toughest Iran has faced. They required months of negotiations by the five veto-wielding permanent U.N. Security Council members -- the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France -- and nonmember Germany.

"Actions do have consequences, and today the Iranian government will face some of those consequences," Obama said. He left the door open to diplomacy but said Iran "will find itself more isolated, less prosperous and less secure" unless it meets its obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on an official visit in Tajikistan, dismissed the new resolution. …