US approves sanctions against Iran

2012-05-22 09:02

Washington - The US Senate on Monday approved new sanctions against Iran aimed at convincing the Islamic Republic to suspend its uranium enrichment, which western powers say is a cover for developing nuclear weapons.

The measure was approved unanimously ahead of talks on Wednesday in Baghdad between Iran and representatives of the world's main powers.

The bill allows President Barack Obama to impose sanctions on any country or company that enters joint ventures with Iran to develop its oil or uranium resource, or provides technology or resources to help Iran with such development.

It also includes measures against anyone who provides goods that "materially contribute to Iran's proliferation of weapons of mass destruction [WMD] programme or its terrorism-related activities".

Iran insists its nuclear programme is purely for civilian purposes.

"Both the White House and Congress are committed to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability," said Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the bill's chief architect.

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Iran can either "come to Baghdad with a real plan" to end its nuclear programme "or we'll make our own plan - through sanctions or other necessary measures - to ensure that Iran fails to achieve its nuclear ambitions".

"The Senate has worked hard to improve our sanctions toward Iran," added Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, "and this effort, combined with the sanctions of the European Union, should strengthen the hand of our own negotiators."

The bill must now be reconciled with sanctions approved by the US House of Representatives on 14 December.

The legislation targets Iran's national oil and tanker firms, its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and would for the first time widen sanctions on Iran's energy sector to any joint venture anywhere in the world where Iran's government is a substantial partner or investor.

The bill calls for a US travel ban and freezing of US assets aimed at individuals and firms that provide Tehran with technology - everything from rubber bullets to surveillance equipment - used to repress dissent.

It would require firms competing for US government contracts to certify that they and their subsidiaries have not had "significant economic transactions" with the Revolutionary Guards or individuals or entities connected to it.

The bill also includes language introduced by Senator Rand Paul stating that the measure does not authorise the use of military force.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-22 10:10

    It is clear that the same propaganda that was used against Iraq is being used against Iran. There is no Iranian nuclear crisis; there is a US aggressive imperialism crisis.

      Larry - 2012-05-22 10:25

      No that is not what is clear, Fidel. What is clear, is that Iran will be stopped from developing nuclear weapons because the danger that Iran or its terrorist proxies would make use of them, is very real. What is also at issue, if you apply that wonderful mind of your a little deeper, is that a nuclear armed Iran will not stabilise the Middle East, inasfar as providing a deterrent for Israel, but rather highly destabilise the region. There is no red phone between Jerusalem and Tehran, and either side may press the button due to wrong, or right intel. This situation came very close in the Bay of Pigs fiasco btween Russia and the US, and is a very likely scenario between opposing hostile countries such as Iran and Israel. The only solution is for Iran to desist and open its facilities to prove it. Nuclear medical requirements have been offered free of charge to cover Iran's requirements, but they insist on their own costlier development. Well, its proving to be very costly.

      Fidel - 2012-05-22 11:00

      Weapons inspectors into Iran - and Israel. Any arguments against?

      Larry - 2012-05-22 12:01

      Israel has not signed the Nuclear proliferation treaty, whereas Iran has. It is therefore not just a matter of avoiding devastation, but an issue of International Law. Your simplified view that Iran should have nukes because Israel has nukes is below your proven intelligence, Fidel.

      Larry - 2012-05-22 13:32

      Mo, there is an article just published on News24 about a Palestinians experience in Syrian 'slaughterhouse' prisons. Go and read it then come back to this thread and continue with your lies.

      Fidel - 2012-05-22 14:57

      Larry, if you want to debate me, have the courtesy to debate what I actually say, not what you want to refute. Where in my post do I say that Iran should have nuclear weapons as well?

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-22 15:37

      The same IAEA that was dissuading the US from invading Iraq says the Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, is hiding two nuclear facilities. So much for your "no Iranian nuclear crisis" idea.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-22 15:47

      Mohammed, you will always be one of the most blind and delusional people on Earth as long as you say and do NOTHING about the hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims being slaughtered and maimed by the Jihadists and unelected dictators in your midsts. This is where the true cold violence and destruction is, not Israel. Israel defends herself from the almost daily attacks of the Palestinians, who even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel. Imagine that: children at Kindergarten. And you say nothing. To you, Israel is the most destructive nation on Earth. Such is your delusion and blindness. There is a vast difference between attack and self-defense. It's pretty basic. Unfortunately you don't allow yourself to even see this. Not smart. Not smart eat all, and harmful to the Palestinians.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-22 16:01

      Fidel, ""Where in my post do I say that Iran should have nuclear weapons as well"" THAN.....What the heck are you on about...........?????????? If you want fairness, join the boy scouts !!!!

      Fidel - 2012-05-22 16:21

      Larry, North Korea hasn't signed the NPT as well? @Anthony Talk about massively missing the point of my argument. Not every post has to read like a sledgehammer, having critical faculties will surely help in your case.

      Fidel - 2012-05-22 16:57

      @Fred "Israel defends herself from the almost daily attacks of the Palestinians, who even teach their children at Kindergarten to attack Israel. Imagine that: children at Kindergarten." Israeli children are educated as well from a very tender age to see “Arab” citizens and “Arabs” in general as a problem that must be solved, eliminated in one way or another, because apartheid is not only a bunch of racist laws, it is a state of mind, fashioned by education.

      Larry - 2012-05-22 18:50

      Terribly sorry Fidel. May I assume then that you are against Iran aquiring nuclear weapons? The difference between Israel and Iran, is that Israel is not stating unequivocally that Iran should not exist. Iran makes this statement about Israel and arms and finances its terrorist proxies Hamas and Hisballah, openly and vociferously. If Iran were not guilty of this rhetoric and of promoting terror activity against Israel, Israel would not have an enemy to defend itself against and its arsenal would remain in sanctified safe-keeping within a sober democratic dispensation. So the catylist is Iran and it seeks to develop nuclear weapons. This is why Israel must be weaponised and Iran not. Get it? I trust you will show me the same courtesy.

      Fidel - 2012-05-22 19:28

      Larry, I would like to thank you for arguing with reason instead of abuse and vitriol. Madness. The 'threat to Israel' is a risible argument based on some dubiously-translated comments Ahmedinejad made to his base support of uneducated theocratic loons. There is neither any evidence nor any likelihood that Iran will attack Israel, either directly or through proxies. Iran has never threatened Israel, nor for that matter has the Lebanese Resistance militia, Hizbollah. The contrary is the case: Israel, has repeatedly devastated the land and brutalised the people of south Lebanon. This has happened time and time again. Israel's record in south Lebanon is atrocious. Netanyahu is pushing for war with Iran (actually for America to have a war with Iran) because he wants chaos elsewhere in the Middle East, is the best way to deflect attention away from Israel's ongoing dispossesssion and degradation of the Palestinians. Netanyahu is no fool; he never believed that Iran would commit suicide by attacking the only nuclear power in the region. What he wanted (and in this he succeeded) was to divert attention from the plight of the occupied Palestinians. He got them off the front page and gave space to the settlers (who control him) to steal more land. The head of the Israeli military says Iran isn't building, and probably won't build, a bomb. (

      Larry - 2012-05-22 21:08

      Fidel, with great respect, you are reaching into the realms of conspiracy theory, in which logic and reasoning plays second fiddle. BTW, I will reserve my abuse and vitriol for those who deserve it and when nothing else but disrespect will suffice. It was the 2005/6 war, and the one before that Hisballah began raining rockets upon Israeli towns, when Israel found itself in escalating conflict with hamas in Gaza. Your argument is negated by the simple fact that Iran refuses to recognise Israel, and regardless of wordage used and the audience who hear it, it intends to act upon its message of hostility. It is a known fact that non-conventional militia terrorist groups, unaffiliated to the countries that host them, are being financed and armed by the Iranian ans Syrian regimes, with the express purpose of mobilising against Israel. These groups would not exist otherwise, and someone is giving them Iranian/Russian weaponry. What is to stop Iran from outfitting one of these groups with a dirty bomb, or neutron bomb; - and then folding their arms saying 'It wasn't us.' Very few realise the serious danger of current event unfolding. Sure, brinkmanship is brinkmanship but someone better blink pretty soon, and you can be assured it is not going to be the USA or Israel. As far as your contention (to be kind), that Israel is deflecting attention away from the Palestinian question; what then is Iran's role in this deflection. The Palestinian problem is not a current event.

      Larry - 2012-05-22 21:35 is 45 years in the making with no resolution expected in the forseeable future.

  • Fidel - 2012-05-22 11:10

    There is an argument being mooted at ( that the current spat with Iran is all about Russian, Indian and Chinese attempts to nurture a replacement to the USD as the global reserve currency as they increasingly trade oil for Yuan, Euros and other currencies rather than Dollars. I ask commentors to accept nothing, but to make their own investigations.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-22 15:50

      What's China going to do with all it's US dollars? It's a dumb idea put forward by people who live on the fringes of reality, have negative world agendas, and don't know how the world's financial system works.

      lenzi.marques - 2012-05-22 16:56

      “The bank hath benefit of interest on all moneys which it creates out of nothing.” William Paterson, founder of the Bank of England in 1694, then a privately owned bank Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes her laws. Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744 -1812) “I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the Government at defiance. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.” - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning. Henry Ford History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance. -James Madison AND THE SOLUTION The Government should create, issue, and circulate all the currency and credits needed to satisfy the spending power of the Government and the buying power of consumers. By the adoption of these principles, the taxpayers will be saved immense sums of interest. Money will cease to be master and become the servant of humanity. -Abraham Lincoln

  • Gerhard - 2012-05-22 20:18

    Fidel you are just a misguided midget, like North Korea or Iran etc.

      Fidel - 2012-05-23 08:21

      You'll find that insults work best after you've provided some argument!

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