[QODLink]
Middle East
Iran to face new UN sanctions vote
Security Council scheduled to vote on proposed arms embargo.
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:31 GMT


The Iranian president has warned that Tehran will not agree to nuclear talks if new sanctions are imposed

The United Nations Security Council is hours away from a scheduled vote on a new package of economic sanctions against Iran.

The vote, presumed to take place at 10am local time (1400 GMT) on Wednesday, is expected to target more than three dozen companies and individuals subject to a travel ban and an asset freeze.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, called the proposed sanctions, which resolution agreed to on Tuesday, the "most significant" ever against Iran.

"I think it is fair [to say] that these are the most significant sanctions that Iran has ever faced," she said. "The amount of unity that has been engendered by the international community is very significant."

The draft resolution - the fourth mandating sanctions against Iran - is sponsored by the five permanent members of the Security Council: the US, Britain, France, China and Russia.

In addition to the blacklist, it expands an existing arms embargo against Iran, and prevents the country from importing technology for certain kinds of ballistic missiles.

'Stick of resolution'

The Security Council announcement came several hours after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, warned that any new sanctions would end the prospect of negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme.

"The US government and its allies are so mistaken that if they think they can brandish the stick of resolution and then sit down to talk with us, such a thing will not happen," he said.

in depth

 

Who's afraid of Iran?

  Video: Mystery over Iranian scientist deepens
  Inside Story: Reassessing the world nuclear order
  Inside Story: A world without atomic weapons
  Riz Khan: Global nuclear disarmament
  Empire: Iran - influence or threat?
  Countdown: The Iran/Israel arms race
  Timeline: Iran's nuclear programme

"We will talk to everyone if there is respect and fairness but if someone wants to talk to us rudely and in a domineering manner the response is known already."

Ahmadinejad also gave warning that a nuclear fuel swap deal reached last month - negotiated by Turkey and Brazil - could be scrapped if the UN approves new sanctions.

Under the proposed deal, Iran would ship 1200 kilograms of enriched uranium to Turkey in return for nuclear fuel for a reactor in Tehran.

The US and its allies have been indifferent to the proposal, saying it was not a serious offer.

The Iranian president had hoped that his warning, made at a regional security summit in Turkey, would sow seeds of doubt in the minds of Russian and Chinese leaders. Both are veto-wielding members of the council, and they have ensured that previous drafts of the resolution were watered down.

Alireza Ronaghi, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Tehran, said the sanctions under discussion at the UN would not have a drastic effect on the Iranian economy.

"It's important to remember that the Iranian economy has been under sanction for 30 years now," he said. "None of the sanctions are going to choke the Iranian economy."

'Window of opportunity'

Jorio Dauster, a former Brazilian ambassador to the European Union, told Al Jazeera that the new round of sanctions will be "counterproductive" for three main reasons.

"First of all, they [sanctions] will probably close the very narrow window of opportunity for negotiations that Brazil and Turkey called for a few weeks ago," he said.

"Secondly, I believe that those sanctions are going to increase the domestic support in Iran for Ahmadinejad and the Revolutionary Guard since they will be able to show that the major powers have once again treated Iran badly.

"And, finally, although the sanctions will impose an economic cost on Iran and some difficulties for the Revolutionary Guard, they will not in many ways impede the development of nuclear power."  

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
President Poroshenko arrives in Washington on Thursday with money and military aid on his mind, analysts say.
Early players in private medicine often focused on volume over quality, turning many Chinese off for-profit care.
Al Jazeera asked people across Scotland what they think about the prospect of splitting from the United Kingdom.
Blogger critical of a lack of government transparency faces defamation lawsuit from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
join our mailing list