Council considers new Iran sanctions

The U.N. Security Council is set to consider expanded
sanctions against Iran.

The council’s five veto-wielding members and Germany publicized the additional sanctions Thursday. They’re virtually
guaranteed to pass when the council considers them Friday or Saturday.

The council is considering new sanctions because Iran
has failed to meet its standards for nuclear transparency, set in December when
the council first applied sanctions.

The new sanctions would ban all arms exports from Iran
and freeze assets of an additional list of individuals and corporations. The resolution also would urge members not to export arms to Iran
or make new financial assistance deals.

Iran
insists its nuclear program is peaceful, but U.N. inspectors suspect Iran aims to build a bomb.

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