Iran condemns Security Council sanctions

Iran rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions as "worthless" and vowed to move ahead with its uranium enrichment program Tuesday.

Iran condemns Security Council sanctions
The third round of sanctions approved Monday orders a freeze on assets of more Iranian officials and companies with links to the country's nuclear program, and for the first time bans trade with Iran in some goods with both civilian and military uses.

"This resolution is contrary to the spirit and articles of the International Atomic Energy Agency. It has been issued based on political motivations and a biased approach. It is worthless and unacceptable," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said, according to the official news agency IRNA.

He said the sanctions would "have no impact on the resolve and determination of the Iranian nation and government to fulfill its legitimate rights in continuing its peaceful nuclear activities within the framework of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty."

The report also said that Iran has cooperated in other areas of an IAEA probe, leading the agency to put to rest for now suspicions that several past experiments and activities were linked to a weapons program.

"Issuance of this spiteful and anti-Iran resolution is yet another blow to the IAEA prestige and image and discredits the Security Council more than before," Hosseini was quoted by IRNA as saying.


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