The U.N. Sets A Deadline For Iran

Via Reuters:

The U.N. Security Council on Monday demanded that Iran suspend its nuclear activities by August 31 or face the threat of sanctions, but Tehran denounced the move as illegal and vowed to press on.

In a resolution passed by 14 to 1, the Security Council for the first time included legally binding demands on Iran and a sanctions threat.

Qatar, the only Arab member, voted against it.

The resolution, which followed weeks of negotiations, demanded that Iran “suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development.”

If Tehran does not comply by the deadline, the council would consider adopting “appropriate measures” under Article 41 of Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter, which refers to diplomatic and economic sanctions.

Not surprising, Iranian officials immediately rejected the resolution and accused the United States of being confrontational:

[Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Javad Zarif] said “Iran’s peaceful nuclear program poses no threat to international peace and security and therefore dealing with this issue in the Security Council is unwarranted and void of any legal basis or practical utility.”

“The people and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran are determined to exercise their inalienable right to nuclear technology for peaceful purposes,” Zarif told the council.

In Tehran, Kazem Jalali, a spokesman for the Iranian parliament’s foreign affairs and security commission, said the resolution was “unacceptable” and would create a situation where no one benefits.

“It seems America has done its utmost to divert Iran’s case from the path of dialogue and drag it into crisis,” Jalali told the Students News agency.

Meanwhile, LGF notes that the country whose leader called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” is a “respected, stabilizing force” in the Middle East according to the French foreign minister.


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  1. Herb says:

    Big Deal. So the UN has set a deadline on Iran. The UN has passed resolutions and deadlines and to date, they don’t have the will to enforce anything. They won’t even clean up their own scandalous and crooked selves. Look at how many resolutions they passed on Iraq.

    Iran has been thumbing their noses at everyone for the past 28 years and the only thing they will understand is a mushroom cloud over their heads.

    The UN is a totally useless American taxpayer drain and we as Americans should force our Congress to end the drain and farce