UN imposes sanctions on Iran

Sunday, December 24, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
In a unanimous decision of 15-0 passed Saturday, the United Nations Security Council has voted to impose economic and political sanctions against Iran for their continuing active pursuit of nuclear weapons and their disregard to the demands of the international community.

In an official statement released in reaction to the UN decision, Israel praised the decision to impose the sanctions saying “the decision of the Security Council articulates the understanding of the international community that the world cannot afford an Iran with nuclear weapons.”

However, the statement reads, “this is a first step, but alongside the importance of imposing these initial sanctions, there is a need for the international community to act further in a quick and decisive way, in order to stop the process in the event the current sanctions will not be enough.”

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni added that “the mere fact that the resolution passed, is an important decision in the fight against the nuclearization of Iran. The international community will be called upon to continue managing the joint fight to achieve the goal of stopping the Iranian nuclear program.”

Vice Premier Shimon Peres said that the UN decision on Iran is a first small step in the right direction. Peres expressed his hopes for further coordinated steps of the international community. “Before pursuing the military option, there are ways of achieving military objectives without war if the international community will reach an understanding and take the appropriate steps,” Peres added.

Top US officials are also praising the decision, but say that the important step now is to follow up on the decision and be able to take further actions if the current steps are not enough. US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said that they don’t think the resolution is enough in itself, and want the international community to take further action.

Iranian officials have said in reaction to the UN decision that they will immediately push forward with their efforts to enrich uranium using their plant in Natanz to employ 3,000 centrifuge machines used to enrich uranium.

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