Iran has remained defiant over the UN Security Council’s support for further sanctions. Iran’s envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, says the sanctions will change nothing.
There was an indignant tone with the West, criticised for not meeting Tehran half way.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iranian envoy to the IAEA, insisted his government had invited the UN to come to the negotiating table, “but it seems they were deaf,” he said.
Residents of Tehran reacted with equanimity ahead of the the vote. The result had been anticipated and many support their government’s right to pursue nuclear technology.
“We have been sanctioned for last 30 years, and had not had any effect on Iran, and it will not have any effect on Iran in the future, because we are determined to become the eighth nation in the world for the peaceful energy activities,” said one local man.
The new sanctions were passed after being watered down during negotiations with Russia and China who have stressed that the ordinary people of Iran must not be hit by any crippling economic restrictions.