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UNSC Expected to Vote on Draft Sanctions Soon

June 3, 2010

The U.N. Security Council is set to vote on a draft sanctions resolution against Iran over its disputed nuclear program within the next two weeks according to Claude Heller, Mexico’s U.N. ambassador. If approved, this will be the fourth round of sanctions against Tehran. Iran is already subject to three sets of UN sanctions over its nuclear program, which Iran says is for peaceful purposes but which the U.S. and its allies fear might lead to a nuclear weapon.

“My understanding is that the co-sponsors of the resolution would like to have prompt action by the Security Council, to have a vote … in the next 10 days,” Heller told reporters, adding that there was not yet a finalized date.

The draft resolution was agreed last month by the US, Britain, France and Germany, in addition to China and Russia, who are historically more reluctant to go along with sanctions against Iran. The draft will identify members and companies controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, entities owned or run by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, and other individuals and companies linked to Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, and will subject these groups and entities to asset freezes and travel bans. The ban would also take measures against new Iranian banks abroad if a connection to Iran’s nuclear or missile programs is suspected, as well as vigilance over transactions with any Iranian bank, including the central bank. It would also expand the U.N. arms embargo against Tehran.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has warned that any new sanctions might result in confrontation.

Mottaki told an audience in Brussels, “There are two options,” to resolve the problem. “The first is based on cooperation, the other is based on confrontation,” he said on the second and last day of his visit to the Belgian capital.

“The resolution” at the United Nations Security Council on imposing new sanctions against Iran “is a basis for confrontation,” he announced, adding, “That is not our preferred option but that’s up to other parties who would like to move in that direction.”