The United Nations Security Council is demanding that Iran suspend all its nuclear operations. The Council is calling for all activities involving the treatment of Uranium to be stopped by the end of August or Iran will face sanctions. Members voted 14 to 1 in favour of the resolution, with only Qatar voting against.
The ambassador’s reason for opposing was the Council’s timing, saying that his region was “in flames”. Iran has implied that its response to the UNs demands will be dependant on Israel’s offensive against Hizbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. People have been demonstrating in the Iranian capital of Tehran, waving banners and flags in support of the two groups.
The country, considered an enemy of Israel, is often accused by the West of financing Hizbollah – something it strongly denies. Iran is expected to reply to the UN’s demands on its nuclear activity by the 22nd of August. The Security Council meet again on Monday. The conflict in Lebanon will be at the centre of its discussions as will the resolution on Iran.