Changes to Iran resolution rejected

Britain, France and the US have rejected a South African proposal to strip a draft United Nations resolution on Iran of most of its main demands.

Changes to Iran resolution rejected

Britain, France and the UShave rejected a South African proposal to strip a draft United Nationsresolution on Iranof most of its main demands.


South Africa, which currently holds the presidency ofthe UN Security Council, had suggested clauses banning Iranian armsexports and freezing Iranian officials and institutions' assets be dropped.


Emyr Jones Parry, Britain's UN ambassador, also saidthat South African calls for a 90-day halt to further sanctions were"perverse".

"Every time we paused, Iran then came round and said thepause was terribly useful because 'we were able to develop and enhance ournuclear capability," he said.



"Iranis in non-compliance with mandatory obligations imposed by the SecurityCouncil.

"We think it would be perverse in response to thatsituation to say, 'Oh, by the way, we now lift the obligations which currentlyapply to Iran'."

South Africahas said the draft resolution - which would freeze the assets of some seniorIranian military leaders and of the state-owned Bank Sapeh - should bechanged because its provisions went beyond Iran's nuclear programme.

"I told them we are making the amendments in the spiritof adding value to the draft," Dumisani Kumalo, South Africa's UN ambassador andthe current council president, said after Wednesday's meeting.

Kumalo also said he doubted the resolution wouldnow be passed this week because any changes would need the approval of 15different governments.

But France'sUN ambassador, Jean-Marc de la Sabliere, said: "Our wish is to have theresolution by the end of the week."


Earlier on Wednesday Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranianpresident, had denounced "Zionists who dominate the world" in amessage marking the Iranian new year, or Nowruz, and said Iran wasdetermined to defend its position in the nuclear standoff.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, alsowarned foreign powers not to threaten his country.

"If they want to threaten us and use force and violenceagainst us, they should not doubt that Iranian officials will use all they havein their power to deal a blow to those who assault them," he said in atelevised speech.

Iran hassaid that its nuclear programme is intended to generate electricity, but the US and some European nations have said Tehran wants to build anuclear weapon.

South Africadismantled its nuclear weapons programme in the early 1990s during itstransition from white-minority rule, and has consistently defended Iran's right toenrich uranium for peaceful purposes.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16