The latest round of U.N.sanctions brought against Iran does not seem to have had the desired effect so far. The tone is one of considered defiance on the streets of Tehran and in the national press.
Iran has also said it plans to revise relations with the U.N.‘s nuclear watchdog, the IAEA. Observers think this could include restricting access to nuclear sites.
On a visit to Tajikistan, President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad accused countries which already have or have used nuclear weapons but threaten Iran over its nuclear programme of double standards. Describing the U.N. resolution as “worthless”, he said it should be “thrown in the waste bin like a used handkerchief.”
The tone in Iran’s national press is reflected by the thoughts of many on the streets:
“Our nuclear industry is gradually developing across the board thanks to the work of our nuclear scientists. I don’t think the sanctions will affect us.”
said one man.
Tehran is refusing to halt its programme of uranium enrichment, insisting it only wants to produce nuclear energy. But several world powers suspect it of developing nuclear weapons.
The U.N. Security Council voted by 12 votes to two in favour of fresh sanctions.