U.N. Imposes New Iran Sanctions

The United Nations Security Council has slapped Iran the harshest set of sanctions yet for the country’s alleged pursuit of a nuclear weapon. The sanctions, which received the support of Iran allies Russia and China, prohibit several Iranian companies from engaging in businesses like uranium mining in a bid to reduce Tehran’s financial resources.

Aside from economic sanctions, the new set of punishments for Iran’s defiance also calls for the inspections of questionable cargoes coming in and going out of the Middle Eastern country. The U.N. Security Council resolution, the fourth against Iran since 2006, was approved via a 12-2 vote with one abstention from the 15-member group, but it was voted unanimously by its five veto-wielding permanent members, namely the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the sanctions as nothing but “annoying flies, like a used tissue,” an observation that some analysts share. Analysts said the sanctions might not have any significant effect on Iran as the country already have most what it needs to pursuit a nuclear weapon if indeed it is making one.