The UN Security Council will vote today to decide whether to impose trade sanctions against Iran over its failure to halt uranium enrichment. Earlier disagreements over the contents of the draft have now been overcome, according to the Russian Ambassador to the UN. Activities which are completely legal, valid and have nothing to do with the risk of non-proliferation can be conducted without any hindrance or interference. It has been a difficult process. I think last night we were very close to mutual understanding on some of those issues so the main thing today is not to backtrack, he said.
Iran says its programme of uranium enrichment is for peaceful purposes only and it will not stop in spite of the threat. On the streets of Tehran people seemed to be in broad agreement. This man said he thought the only way to resolve the issue was through talks. Iran has said that its intentions are peaceful, he said. Sanctions are not the way. Naturally the West would want to impose sanctions, this man said. They will have a bad effect, but it’s nothing new. If imposed, the sanctions would ban nuclear-related technology and goods and impose some financial restrictions.