The UN hit Iran with a third round of sanctions today for refusing to halt its nuclear enrichment program, Reuters reports. The 14-0 security council vote approved more travel and financial limits and boosted trade restrictions, but was curbed by a US report that Tehran had scuttled its nuclear weapon plans in 2003, diplomats said.
Iran's UN envoy blasted the sanctions as a violation of international law and called the council "a mere tool of the foreign policy of just a few countries." Tehran's nuclear program "has been, is and will remain absolutely peaceful," he said. Diplomats stressed that positive incentives remain for Iran to drop its enrichment policy.