UN Cranks Up Iran Sanctions

Security Council continues to press Tehran on nuclear concerns
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2008 6:19 PM CST
Mohammad Khazee, top left, Iran's ambassador to the United Nations addresses members of the Security Council before the Council voted to increase sanctions against Iran at U.N. Headquarters Monday, March...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – 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.