No Additional Iran Sanctions
As has been widely suspected the United Nations Security Council will impose no further sanctions on Iran for its failure to suspend its nuclear enrichment program as demanded by previous UNSC resolutions:
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Six world powers have agreed on a draft resolution on Iran’s nuclear program but it included no new sanctions, in line with Russia’s preference, European officials said on Friday.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told reporters the six powers would submit the draft text to the 15-nation U.N. Security Council for discussions on Friday. It was unclear when the council would vote on the text but one European official said that could happen during the weekend.
The United States, Britain, France and Germany wanted to ratchet up sanctions on Iran, which has refused to halt its nuclear enrichment work. China and especially Russia oppose further sanctions.
“We will be presenting a short resolution for consultations today that reaffirms existing resolutions that are on the U.N. books, … (and) reaffirms the unity of the (six powers),” Miliband said in words confirmed by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.
Miliband made clear the resolution did not include new sanctions against Iran for refusing to suspend its nuclear program as demanded in four previous council resolutions.
Two additional sanctions that have been mentioned and which might,indeed, put some pressure on the Iranian regime are an embargo on arms shipments to Iran and an embargo on gasoline shipments to Iran. Since Russia is Iran’s primary supplier of arms, Russia’s opposition to such a sanction is no surprise.