Israel: U.N.'s New Iranian Sanctions Fall Short

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - While Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni priased the newest round of U.N. sanctions against Iran, the prevailing sentiment among Israeli officials is that they don't go far enough.

"If the majority [of U.N. Security Council members] supported it, it only shows it doesn't have enough meat," one government official said.

Israel's official government statement called the new sanctions "an unequivocal message that the international community cannot countenance Iran's nuclear program [and it] has no confidence in Iranian declarations that its nuclear program is designed for peaceful purposes, and rightly so."

The Security Council passed the vote 14 - 0, with Indonesia abstaining.

Israel would have liked a more comprehensive list of individuals and institutions subject to the latest round of sanctions. But for the first time, the resolution bans trade on products that can be used both for civilian and military purposes. It also authorizes inspection of goods shipped by air or sea, which may contain banned goods.

The resolution calls for the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) to resolve any outstanding issues from the past, though Iran has repeatedly refused to answer the IAEA's questions about its research into nuclear weapons development.

Iranian UN Ambassador Mohammed Khazaee said UN sanctions against his country, past and present, violated international law and undermined the credibility of the Security Council.

"The credibility of the Security Council…is readily downgraded to a mere tool of the national foreign policy of just a few countries," Khazee said.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz

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