Security Council briefed on Iran sanctions

Amb. Johan Verbeke

21 June 2007 – The chairman of the United Nations committee monitoring sanctions on Iran in relation to its uranium enrichment activities briefed the Security Council today on Member States’ implementation measures.

Security Council resolution 1737 of last year banned trade with Iran in all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could contribute to the country's enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water-related activities, or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems.

A subsequent resolution adopted this March further tightened the sanctions, imposing a ban on arms sales and expanding the freeze on assets.

Of the documents the committee has received in the past three months, “38 States reported that they already had legislation in place” regarding the sanctions, while 12 have given details on measures they have taken or will take to put the necessary legal framework into place, said Belgian Ambassador Johan C. Verbeke, who serves as the committee’s chairman.

Iranian authorities have stated that their nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, but other countries contend that it is driven by military ambitions.

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