United Nations: A resolution aimed at
imposing new sanctions on Iran for its controversial nuclear
programme will be tabled "very soon" in the UN Security
Council, according to the President of the world`s body top
"We expect to see very soon the final text that can be
put to a vote," Claude Heller, the UNSC President for this
month, told reporters, indicating that this could happen
within the next ten days.
Heller, also the Mexican Ambassador to the UN, said
"my understanding is that the co-sponsors of the resolution
would like to have prompt action by Security Council."
The UNSC President also noted that since the US had
presented the Security Council members with the draft
resolution in mid-May, there had been several rounds of
deliberations at the expert level.
The draft resolution creates new categories of sanctions
and includes: banning Iran`s investment in nuclear activity
abroad, banning all ballistic missiles activities, blocking
Iran`s use of banks aboard, seeking asset freeze for members
of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and setting up of a
UN panel of experts to enforce sanction implementation.
The US needs nine votes in total for the resolution to
pass in the Security Council providing none of the five
permanent members exercise their veto.
Both Russia and China, which have previously raised
objections against such sanctions, have conveyed that
they are, so far, satisfied with the text of the resolution.
The US case for sanctions is further strengthened by the
report of the International Atomic Energy Agency that found
that Iran had produced fuel, which if further enriched would
be enough to build two nuclear weapons.
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said
yesterday that Tehran was ready to sit down with the West to
work out a written agreement on a nuclear fuel swap
declaration, according to the Iranian Press TV.
"We are ready to negotiate with the Vienna group (the
IAEA, the US, Russia and France) in order to draw up a written
agreement," Mottaki told his Belgian counterpart Steven
Vanackere in Brussels.
After attending the NPT review conference at the UN
headquarters in May, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
warned that a fresh round of sanctions against his country
will close the door on improving relations with the US.
"This is nothing new. For 31 years sanctions have been
placed on us," Ahmadinejad said.
The US and its Western allies along with Israel fear that
Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran, denying these
allegations, insists that its nuclear programme is only for