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UN hits Iran with fresh sanctions


The UN Security Council has imposed a fourth round of sanctions on Iran in as many years. But whether the latest set of measures will curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions any more than the previous three remains to be seen.

Turkey and Brazil voted against and Lebanon abstained. But 12 council members backed the resolution, which will see dozens of Iranian military, industrial and shipping firms blacklisted. Hence German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s satisfaction.

“It is a real diplomatic success that the US and the European Union, but also others such as China, Russia and other countries, have agreed to this,” she said in Berlin. “Of course, we regret that Turkey and Brazil did not approve the measures.”

Iran denies it wants to build atomic weapons, insisting its uranium enrichment work is for peaceful purposes.

The new sanctions, including the expansion of a UN arms embargo, have been slammed by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He described them as a “used handkerchief that should be thrown into the waste bin.”

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