June 9th, 2010
02:08 PM ET

UN votes to slap new sanctions on Iran

[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.

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  1. damiao


    June 9, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mo

    and should they not slap one on Israel as well?

    June 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael in Phoenix

      No, Israel wants peace. Iran is run by a nut job who is narcissistic, self important and like the rest of the Arab countries is a child. I do not hear Israel saying death to all Arabs. They just want to be left alone. it is the other Muslim countries that are creating the problems in the middle east and saying it is not them. Just like children do.

      June 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. J. D

    Dear Mr. Cooper,
    About so call Iranian Sanction these countries especially British Government has to be ashamed of themselves and think the people of the world are stupid!
    It has been reported about ten days ago the Shell oil company sold so many barrels of gasoline to Ayatollah’s in Iran just before the anniversary of the uprising of Iranian People. Please as a journalist you should expose this duplicity of these governments who kick Ayatollah’s government and at the same time gave them a kiss!

    June 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael in Phoenix

      Back in the day when the US was friends with Iran England backed the Ayatollah. Thus, the 444 days of hostages. These people create problems and years later we have to deal with it.

      June 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cieje3

    As unlikeable as their president is, he does have a point. You can't deter the determined.

    June 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DiwChuck

    So what are the sanctions? Why did Brazil and Turkey vote no? If Iran wants to build nuclear weapons, there is nothing anyone can do about it. Time is on our side. If they build a nuclear weapon, then they can be exposed for the lairs they are claimed to be. All that can be done is to isolate Iran and make it as bad a possible for them to progress.

    June 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matthews

    "UN's votes to sanction Iran; Iran could care less" - http://www.tacticalrss.com/?content=1559

    The UN is such a joke! And Iran is simply a pathetic place run by a freak.

    June 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erdogan

      Matthews, the UN is indeed a joke. Why? Because it's completely dominated by rogue states such as the US and Israel. This is unacceptable.

      June 11, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Smith in Oregon

    How very sad that CNN's own Wolf Blitzer appears in the CNN Situation Room and has absolutely no understanding why Brazil and Turkey wouldn't back Sanctions against Iran.

    Obviously Turkey had brokered a humanitarian mission to broker the small amount of slightly enriched Uranium that Iran has with a complete set of fuel rods that Brazil has for Iran's small medical reactor.

    Obviously Turkey is very unhappy about 9 civilians on its Turkish Flagged cargo ship being executed by the Israeli Commando's in their attack upon the Gaza peace Food and Medical supply flotilla.

    What is not so obvious but should certainly be known by CNN investigators is that for decades the CIA has supplied and trained the Kurdish Tribes directly across from Turkey's border. The CIA did that in hopes the Kurdish tribesmen would originally enter into Iran and attack Iranian troops. Later, the CIA hoped the Kurdish tribesmen would attack Saddam's troops. HOWEVER, many of the Kurdish Tribes had ancient disputes with the Turks living beside the border of both Iraq and Turkey and instead began slaughtering Turkish civilians. That continued until finally Turkey sent diplomats to the White House in America and demanded the CIA cease all such support and weapons supply to the Kurds period.

    And Turkey has a great deal of leverage in the situation. A huge amount of US Military convoys travel thru Turkey to Afghanistan and to Iraq. The airspace over Turkey is also highly used by the US Military transport jets to ferry cargo to Afghanistan and to Iraq. ANY attack by Israel upon Iran would require its fighter-jets cross thru Turkey's airspace.

    I strongly suggest Turkey realize that Israel now considers Turkey to be a enemy of Israel and react accordingly. Close Turkey's airspace to Israeli Jet's, stop all previous agreements Turkish Govt. and Turkish Military had with Israel AND tell America that any further Turkish civilian deaths by the Isreali Commando's or CIA armed Kurdish fighters will result in Turkey closing it's airspace to America's Jet's, and closing its borders to the US Military convoys.

    Turkey should accept Russia's new good will and purchase multiple S-300 anti-aircraft missile batterys to add to their country in case Israeli Fighter Jet's decide to go rabid and bomb Turkey.

    June 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. David

    US is the biggest Wicked country in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    June 10, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cieje3

    Maybe brazil and turkey aren't remotely threatened or interested? And as far as the US being the biggest wicked country in the world, can you show me exactly how you measure that? I personally think every nation on the earth is equally evil..

    June 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candace

      You bet cha' on that one. What's that old saying that I read in an 'old' book somewhere along the line?......., "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone".
      Well, something like that anyway.

      Take care of our own!!!!!

      October 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Erdogan

    Israel is a terrorist rogue state and western nations are hardly any different. Countries like Turkey and Brazil will create a new and just world order of cooperation and peace. We fiercely oppose western and zionist terrorism and massacres and domination and oppression.

    June 11, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Israel is an American endeavor abroad, a Western child of democracy. To place the blame on all Arab countries is the same as picking an entire sphere of coalition (the "west") and utilizing words like Zionism and massacres. The United States' hegemonic interests in the Middle East over the past thirty years is one of the main reasons why they maintain a head in worldly affairs at all. Minus the resources and religious collectivism, the place is just one step up from Africa. It's continued relevance in the world of tomorrow depends wildly on either a continued, violent subclass of Islam in Western cities, committing terrorism to an increasingly apathetic audience, or, as the Saudi family discovered early on, extraditing their precious resources as quickly, and profitably, as possible. As soon as the resources run out or are deemed irrelevant through new technologies, the world (and particularly the US) will forget about the Middle East altogether.

      June 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |