U.N. toughens Iran sanctions


The U.N. Security Council toughened its sanctions against Iran’s nuclear
program. The council voted unanimously Saturday to pass a new resolution
punishing Iran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment after it flouted
sanctions imposed in December.

The new measure blacklists Iranian arms exports
and freezes the foreign assets of 28 individuals and institutions associated
with the Tehran regime. Iran responded defiantly by vowing to press ahead with
nuclear projects.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been expected to fly to New York to address the United Nations, but canceled his visit at the last minute. Tehran complained of visa problems but some
analysts suggested the cancellation was linked to Iran’s seizure last Friday of 15
British sailors in the Gulf.

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