The UN Security Council will not sanction using force against
Iran over its controversial nuclear program, including a draft
resolution that could be adopted Saturday, Russia's envoy
to the UN said Friday.
Members of the Security Council held further talks Thursday
on a draft UN resolution against Iran over its refusal to
stop uranium enrichment. The draft text was agreed by the
Iran Six -- the five permanent UN Security Council members
and Germany - in Berlin on January 22.
"All previous resolutions on Iran only imposed economic
punitive measures," Vitaly Churkin said. "This proves
the Security Council is ruling out any sanctioned use of force
against the country."
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Churkin, who takes over the council presidency on Saturday,
said the resolution will also be accompanied by a statement
from the foreign ministers of the Iran Six, which will urge
"the continued efforts of the six towards a diplomatic
and political solution on this matter."
The draft set of sanctions against Iran calls for additional
travel bans, asset freezes and vigilance on all banks in the
The diplomatic standoff between Iran and the West began almost
six years ago over suspicions that Tehran was developing a
secret weapons program. Tehran has always maintained it needs
nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Since then, two
rounds of sanctions have been imposed - in December 2006 and
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear
watchdog, said last week in a report that Iran had become
more transparent about its nuclear program, but had failed
to fully answer Western allegations that it was seeking to
create nuclear weapons.
Following the report, Tehran urged the UN Security Council
to give up attempts to adopt a new resolution imposing additional
sanctions against the Islamic Republic, but refused to stop
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that
his country had won a conclusive victory with regard to the
"The Iranian people have won a conclusive victory in
the nuclear issue, and no power in the world can stop the
progress of our country," Ahmadinejad said.
His remarks echoed those by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, who said on Tuesday that his country's nuclear
program had been a "great victory" and a "remarkable