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NEW YORK – Members of the UN Security Council committee monitoring the
implementations of sanctions on Iran told the full council on Monday that
they’re continuing to examine reports of Iranian violations of an ban on imports
of arms and related materials.
Yukio Takasu of Japan, the committee’s
head, briefed the Security Council on the report covering March through June
The committee has received 92 reports from UN member states of
potential Iranian violations.
Since March, Takasu said, the committee has
instructed various member states that, pursuant to Security Council Resolution
1929, they are authorized and obliged to seize and dispose of banned materials
supplied, sold, transferred or exported to Iran.
Takasu also referenced
Security Council Resolution 1747, which widened the scope of earlier sanctions
against Iran by banning arms exports to it as well as freezing assets and
restricting travel of people engaged in Iranian nuclear proliferation.
Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice also addressed the Security Council, and said
that Resolution 1929 sent “a strong message about Iran’s nuclear
“Our adoption of Resolution 1929 reaffirmed that this council
will respond decisively to serious threats to international peace and security,”
Rice said. “These sanctions reinforce the determination not only of the United
States but of the international community to hold Iran to its international
obligations and to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.”
noted that Resolution 1929 gives the committee the imperative to help UN member
states fulfill obligations to implement sanctions and to respond to violations
of international law. A panel of experts, she said, ought to be operational by
the end of the summer in order to help states implement sanctions and to help
the committee analyze information about potential sanctions
The effectiveness of Iran sanctions, Rice said, lies largely
with compliance of member states.
“The United States has already taken
steps to implement our obligations under this resolution, as have other member
states,” she said. “All states must do their part to ensure rapid, effective,
and robust implementation. Such action will send an unmistakable message to
Iran’s leaders and directly support negotiating efforts.”
that the United States “remains committed to pursuing a diplomatic
the dual-track strategy on Iran,” and is “ready to engage with Iran to
“We continue to acknowledge Iran’s right to pursue
peaceful civilian nuclear power,” Rice said. “But with that right comes
responsibility to assure the rest of the world about the exclusively
nature of Iran’s intentions. Our goal remains to prevent Iran from
If the Iranian government continues to undermine the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Rice said, “Iran will only find itself
isolated, less prosperous and less secure.