The United Nations is set to discuss new sanctions against Iran next week after a leaked report said Tehran was not respecting previous resolutions on uranium enrichment. The UN has already banned transfers of technology and had threatened further action if necessary. The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency said two cascades of centrifuges had been installed in the underground Natanz plant and another two cascades were close to completion.
The IAEA described these as industrial-scale developments, though it’s believed Iran is three to ten years away from nuclear weapons capability. Tehran has always denied having any military intentions, saying the nuclear programme was for domestic energy consumption.
Additional sanctions might include travel bans on senior Iranian officials and strengthened trade restrictions, but harsher measures are likely to be blocked by the likes of Russia, China and some EU members.