New UN resolution on Iran would be "strong:" U.S. envoy

08:27, June 09, 2010      

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, speaks during a news conference at UN Headquarters, in New York, December 3, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Tuesday that the new UN resolution on Iran that the Security Council is due to adopt on Wednesday would be a "strong" one.

Speaking to reporters after a second round of Security Council consultations in the day, Rice said that "no new ground was broken " at the meeting.

On the draft resolution that has been scheduled for a vote on Wednesday, Rice said that it would be "a strong, broad based resolution that will impose meaningful and significant new sanctions on Iran."

"We look forward to see the adoption of the resolution tomorrow, " she said.

With regard to the content of the resolution, Rice said that it contains "many new serious, new binding measures" and "will have a significant impact on Iran."

When asked about "binding" elements in the text, she noted that there are "binding bands" on Iranian investment in uranium activities, arms trade, launches of ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons.

"The financial measures are new and ground breaking and extremely significant, as are the measures in the commercial sphere," she said. "This is a resolution that is comprehensive, strong and will have a significant impact."

But she added that "we remain committed to dual track approach, " referring to a policy of diplomacy and sanctions designed to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.

Mexico's UN ambassador Claude Heller, the council president for this month, said that the council is to vote on the draft resolution on Wednesday morning.

The resolution, if adopted, would impose the fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran since 2006. It would build on existing measures and expand the breadth and reach of UN sanctions on Iran by creating new categories of sanctions.

Source: Xinhua
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