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UNITED NATIONS — A resolution imposing new sanctions on Iran, focusing on the Revoluionary Guards Corps' international activities and bank accounts, as well as sales of advanced weapons systems to Iran is ready for a vote by the UN Security Council.
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Mexico's UN Ambassador Claude Heller, the current council president, said on Monday that a vote on sanctions over Iran's insistence on pursuing a suspect nuclear program would be held within the week, according to a decision by council members.
Consultations were still being held with Brazil and Turkey, both
pressing for an open "political debate" on the broader Iranian nuclear
issue. Both non-permanent council members are see sanctions as
premature, and would like the Security Council to give a chance to a
fuel-swap agreement they recently reached with Iran to address
international concerns it may be pursuing nuclear weapons.
The final version of the resolution, obtained by The Associated Press,
would ban Iran from pursuing "any activity related to ballistic missiles
capable of delivering nuclear weapons," bar Iranian investment in
activities such as uranium mining, and prohibit Iran from buying several
categories of heavy weapons including attack helicopters and missiles.
It did not include a list of new individuals and entities — including
from Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard — that would be subject to
sanctions, including an asset freeze. A council diplomat familiar with
the negotiations said that the list, which was agreed to by the five
veto-wielding permanent members, had been circulated to the 10
non-permanent members and was being kept open.
After a Security Council meeting behind closed doors late Monday afternoon, which did not resolve the issue, Heller said members would hold closed consultations on Iran again Tuesday morning.
Brazil's UN Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti said her country and
Turkey "don't want to be obstructionist," but they do want an open
meeting and will "wait and see" if the rest of the council agrees.