Tehran says it will suspend disclosure of nuclear research to UN watchdog in response to ‘illegal and bullying’ sanctions
Iran will also press ahead with its nuclear program. Fifteen UN Security Council members voted unanimously to impose further financial and arms exports sanctions on Iran Sat., March 24.
The modest measures include freezing the assets of 28 additional people and organizations involved in Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. About a third of those are linked to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, which is in charge of the national nuclear program.
The IAEA director must report back to the UN within 60 days that Iran has complied with the resolution.
The stronger measures advocated by the United States and some Europeans were toned down in order to persuade Russia and China to make the UN vote unanimous.
debkafile adds: The ban on arms exports is of limited effect. It will not affect Iranian weapons smuggled illicitly to the Lebanese Hizballah and Shiite militias in Iraq. However, the Palestinian Hamas and Jihad Islami terror groups must think twice before taking Iranian weapons deliveries in Gaza – no longer just in violation of accords with Israel but a UN embargo. The ban will be a serious blow to Iran’s export trade to Syria and India, which are barred henceforth from buying Iranian weapons.
The new resolution 1747 calls on Iran to comply fully with all previous UN resolutions and join negotiations to reach agreement so as to restore international confidence in the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. Full transparency and cooperation with the IAEA are required. Suspension of Iran’s banned nuclear activities will elicit the parallel suspension of sanctions. The package of incentives offered Tehran last year for its cooperation remains on the table.