UN Draft Resolution Proposes New Sanctions Against Iran

May 19, 2010 Updated: May 19, 2010

The United States announced a draft resolution containing new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program on Tuesday. The resolution has the long-sought support from all veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council.

The resolution adds “strong” new measures to the existing three sets of U.N. sanctions, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice said, according to the Associated Press. According to Rice, the new measures aim to intensify pressure on Tehran to resolve concerns that its nuclear program is aimed at producing nuclear weapons. The new sanctions include cargo ship inspections, a ban on the selling of heavy weapons to Iran, banking controls, and the freezing of assets of members of the Revolutionary Guards.

The announcement for the new draft resolution comes a day after Turkey and Brazil signed a nuclear fuel swap agreement with Iran.

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