The United Nation's Security Council voted to impose a fourth set
of Iran nuclear sanctions today. Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said the sanctions were useless, and vowed that Iran's
nuclear program will not be deterred.
Iran quickly dismissed a fourth set of UN Security Council
sanctions, imposed on Wednesday to further restrict Iran's nuclear
and ballistic missile programs.
"These resolutions have no value.... It is like a used
handkerchief that should be thrown in the waste bin," Iran's
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told journalists while visiting
The new Iran nuclear sanctions were hailed by President Barack
Obama as "the toughest ever faced by Iran," but Iranian officials
vowed to press on with their nuclear program.
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UN Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee said that "no amount of pressure
and mischief" would deter the Islamic Republic from pursuing what it
says is a peaceful nuclear energy program. "Iran is one of the most
powerful and stable countries in the region, and never bowed - and
will never bow - to the hostile actions and pressures by these few
As the latest round of UN Security Council (UNSC) sanctions
appeared increasingly inevitable in recent weeks, the Islamic
Republic fought back with devil-may-care rhetoric--as well as
frenetic diplomacy aimed at finding more friends.
"Politically, it will be a great blow," says an Iranian
journalist in Tehran who asked not to be named for security reasons.
"We are now moving away from gray and moving into the black-and-
white phase; the political alignments will become more clear now."
"Iran is losing Russia, China, and all those countries that
matter," the journalist says. "Its dollars can no longer buy
political credit [because of] the great isolation it faces.... This
has brought great, and visible, fear to Iranian officials."
When the vote came on Wednesday, the United States blasted what
it called Iran's "continued recklessness" over its nuclear program,
and spearheaded 12 votes in favor of sanctioning 40 more Iranian
businesses, banks, and shipping companies - double the number of the
three previous sanctions votes combined.
Voting "no" were Turkey and Brazil--nonpermanent UNSC members
that had brokered a May 17 deal with Tehran to export half of its
low-enriched uranium, as a confidence-building measure. Both nations
prefer diplomacy to sanctions. Lebanon abstained.
In recent weeks, senior Iranian officials have been hurriedly
dispatched to distant capitals, from Austria to Uganda and Turkey to
China, to lobby each of the 15 members of the UNSC, with the
exception of the United States, an arch foe of Iran for 31 years.
Mr. Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that brandishing the "stick" of a
UNSC sanctions vote would mean that Iran would not take part in
future nuclear negotiations. He said the nuclear swap offer, the
full details of which have not been worked out, was a one-time
Just hours before the sanctions vote, the US, Russia, and France
presented the UN's nuclear watchdog agency with a list of nine
concerns it had about the tripartite nuclear swap deal - an
agreement very similar to one the US and the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) put to Iran last October. …