[Updated at 2:08 p.m.] The new United Nations sanctions against Iran are "like a used handkerchief that should be dumped in a garbage can," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday, according to Iranian media.
[Updated at 1:10 p.m.] New United Nations sanctions on Iran show the Security Council has turned into a "tool in the toolbox of a few countries that do not hesitate to use it," the Islamic republic's ambassador to the United Nations said after the vote.
[Updated at 1:08 p.m.] U.N. sanctions on Iran do not close the door to future diplomacy, President Obama said Wednesday.
"The Iranian government must understand that true security will not come through the pursuit of nuclear weapons. True security will come through adherence to international law and the demonstration of its peaceful intent," Obama said.
[Updated at 12:59 p.m.] United Nations sanctions against Iran weren't inevitable, President Obama said Wednesday. The country was given a chance to negotiate "a better future for its people."[Updated at 12:54 p.m.] The U.N. Security Council vote Wednesday for sanctions on Iran "sends an unmistakable message about the international community's commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons," President Obama said.
[Posted at 11:52 a.m.] The United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to impose new sanctions on Iran to try to force it to suspend its nuclear program.
The vote was 12-2, with Lebanon abstaining. Brazil and Turkey opposed the sanctions - the fourth set of measures to try to rein in Iran since 2006.
"These sanctions are not directed at the Iranian people," Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said after the vote.
Instead, they "aim squarely at the nuclear ambitions" of the regime, she said, calling them "as tough as they are smart and precise."
She placed the blame for the sanctions squarely on Iran in a speech after the vote.
"We are at this point because the government of Iran has chosen clearly and wilfully to violate its commitments to the IAEA and the resolutions of this council," she said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear watchdog agency.
Iran warned before the vote that it would break off negotiations with the U.S. and its allies if new sanctions were put in place.
"These hasty measures are mere deviation from the path of constructive transaction and an indicative of the fact that the other parties rather prefer confrontation," Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaee said Tuesday.
"In such a condition, the Islamic Republic of Iran has no choice but to react accordingly in the way it considers appropriate," he said.
The United States and its allies fear that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran denies it, saying its nuclear program is to for energy and medical use.