The UN Security Council has demanded that Iran suspend all its nuclear operations within a month or face the threat of sanctions. Carried by 14 to one, the sole no vote came from Qatar, on the basis of the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hizbollah. It is necessary to ensure international stability, said US spokesman John Bolton: “We hope that Iran makes the strategic decision that the pursuit of programmes of weapons of mass destruction makes it less and not more secure.”
Iran has rejected the resolution, claiming the vote has no legal basis, as its activities are within international law. The same sentiment of defiance has filtered onto the streets of Tehran. “Iran must stabilise its position in the region so that we are not affected by the decisions of others. I think the Security Council members should reconsider their resolution,” said one woman.
“It might seem like we are affected by decisions like these, but in fact we have proved that we can go on normally despite them,” a man added. As part of the demand, Iran must allow UN inspectors back inside its nuclear facilities to carry out inspections. Iran insists its programme of uranium enrichment is for generating electricity, and not building bombs, as Western powers suggest.