Draft on new sanctions against Iran given to UN council

Politics Materials 22 February 2008 02:01 (UTC +04:00)
Draft on new sanctions against Iran given to UN council

( dpa ) - The UN Security Council received Thursday a draft resolution spelling out additional sanctions against Iran for defying international demands to abandon its nuclear programmes, diplomats said.

The submitted draft culminated weeks of discussion, starting with the foreign ministers of the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany meeting in Berlin in January to agree on the additional sanctions against Iran.

European diplomats said the final draft contains all the elements agreed upon by the foreign ministers. Those elements include travel bans and restrictions, asset freezes, export credit, financial monitoring, cargo inspections and a new deadline for Iran to comply.

The draft would request the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report within 90 days from the resolution's adoption, whether Iran has fully suspended all nuclear activities.

Currently Iran is under an embargo on exports of arms and related material, which ordered UN members not to sell or transfer to Iran battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, warships, missiles or missile systems and attack helicopters.

A number of Iranian officials, particularly those involved in nuclear and ballistic missile activities have been affected by a travel ban. The ban also singled out at least 10 companies involved in missile activities, banks, some members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and individuals that support those activities as targets of the embargo.

The new elements call for "vigilance and restraint" regarding the entry or transit of Iranians who are directly associated with or providing support for Iran's "proliferation of sensitive nuclear activities or for the development of nuclear weapon delivery system."

A freeze of assets in the future would be expanded to "persons and entities" that are assisting "designated persons or entities in evading sanctions or in violation" of previous sanctions.

UN members will be called to prevent the supply or sale of material considered dual use in nuclear technology. They will be called not to provide export credits, guarantees or insurance to their nationals, if those credits and guarantees would financially contribute to the proliferation of sensitive nuclear activities and the delivery of nuclear weapons delivery systems.

UN members will also be called to be vigilant over financial activities in their territories of Iran's banks, like the Bank Melli and Bank Saderat, in order to prevent activities that would contribute to Iran's nuclear weapon delivery systems.